shut up, you scum-sucking bastard

i should stop being surprised. and maybe i was, in fact, less “surprised” and more “le sigh” about this. but still.

Twitter, Inc., shut down 33 fake Twitter accounts created by [Connecticut] Republicans using the names of Democratic state representatives. The Republican scheme was to send out posts under the Democrats’ names mocking the liberal tax-and-spend bastards.

“That’s unfortunate,” was state Republican Chairman Chris Healy’s response when told of Twitter, Inc.’s decision. “I’m not quite sure what the issue is, other than that the Democrats were successful in stopping free speech.”

In an e-mail reply to a Democratic legislative leader’s complaint, a Twitter representative stated:

“A person may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse or deceive others. … Impersonation is against our terms unless it is a parody. The standard for defining parody is, ‘Would a reasonable person be aware that it’s a joke?’ ”

“Because this is not the case in your situation, we have removed the profile(s) from circulation.”

“That’s silly,” Healy said of the decision. “That’s not impersonation; that’s satire.”

yes, that’s right. republicans set up fake twitter accounts impersonating their democratic opponents, those accounts got deleted via the twitter TOS, and the guy in charge says that this amounts to “stopping free speech.”

for the uneducated among us–the professional politicians, mind you–let’s refresh. this is what the first amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

did congress shut down your fraudulent twitter accounts, healy? did any other government office or agency? no? it was a private company, you say? then shut the fuck up.

i’m not really shocked by the tactics, not in this post-rovian world, but nothing infuriates me so much as to see our elected officials, the ones who have, presumably, actually read the constitution, deliberately misconstruing what it says and hiding behind those rights that every american can name. there are plenty of real, actual constitutional debates going on; we don’t need these frivolous, bullshit misrepresentations to further confuse the issue. that’s the real harm they’re doing to our society, regardless of their impact on the 2010 connecticut state elections.

1 comment
  1. fauxpopuli said:


    These people need to just die already. I don’t know what else to say and I guess I could try to moderate my tone there but that’s what popped into my head when I read this and that’s what’s honest so fuck it.

    (And by saying “these people” I include any politician that would pull something this stupid and then try to hide behind the constitution as well as any person-at-large who supports or attempts to defend/excuse this crap, not just CT republicans)

    Of course the real issue is why anyone would expect them to change when they can pull shit like this and not have it become a long-term embarrassment. Fire up the wurlizter* and pump through some shit about communist democrats abridging your free speech. To the extent that it even gets covered it’ll be presented as though there’s actually a question about whether or not this was acceptable and it’ll be forgotten within a week. So yknow, should I blame the leopard or the population at large who keep painting spots on the fuckin thing?

    *it’s a machine that spins. get it?

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