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Little twitterviews can say a lot
Question of the Day
“How do u tweet?”
A revised opening for “Goodnight Moon”? A little something for the ornithology crowd, perhaps?
No, this is an official interview between Sen. John McCain and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, conducted Tuesday via Twitter, the online social network and microblog. The 20 questions and answers - no longer than 140 characters each - took about 10 minutes to complete and were, for the most part, void of standard punctuation and spelling.
The exchange was jaunty. Succinct. A splendid “Twitterview,” Mr. Stephanopoulos said.
“Twitter’s fun. The concision it demands is both blessing and curse. You gain directness. You lose a bit of subtlety and comprehensiveness,” he said in an e-mail.
But there is some meat here amid the twittering, some real content in a format far removed from political podium or Sunday talk show.
“i would have never bailed out AIG, the real scandal is billions to foreign banks,” Mr. McCain revealed in 15 words, 66 characters.
Perhaps it is telling that he did not capitalize the “i” for himself. Perhaps not.
We also find out that the Arizona Republican and one-time presidential hopeful is at work on alternatives to President Obama’s budget plans. He is worried about Iran and Pakistan for different reasons, and he supports his daughter, Meghan, during her ongoing feud with conservative broadcasters Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter.
Mr. Stephanopoulos also inquired about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent remarks to CNN about the greater risk of terrorism under an Obama administration.
“too early to draw that conclusion,” Mr. McCain replied.
The lawmaker “had fun, he enjoyed himself, he communicated,” said his spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan.
But Twitter is not without hazards.
“The danger is that politicians must boil down their thoughts to those few characters, and do it quickly. There has to be some real strategy about it, some forethought, or it will come out flippant, miscommunicated or wrong,” said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean.
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