- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CNN host Alisyn Camerota announced Wednesday that she is “breaking up” with Twitter for good, citing the deluge of “verbal abuse” she’s suffered at the hands of trolls.

In an op-ed resembling a break-up letter, the “New Day” co-anchor wrote that Twitter has become “a cesspool of spleen-venting from people who think it’s acceptable to insult other people in public and anonymously.”

“It’s over. I’m breaking up with you,” Ms. Camerota said. “You’re a shadow of your former self, the one I was first attracted to. It’s no fun to be with you anymore. You’ve become mean and verbally abusive. In fact, you gross me out.

“Of course, some of this is my fault,” she continued. “I’ve been leading you on. I’ve made you think I like you more than I really do. The truth is, I haven’t cared about you for a long time — in fact, I’ve been avoiding you. I go weeks at a time without reading you, leaving you to prattle on thinking you have my attention — or worse, stew in your own nasty juices, yelling in all caps, imagining that I’m listening. But I’m not. I checked out long ago, when you became a buzzkill and a bore.”

Ms. Camerota said she can’t stomach the idea of people pounding away at their keyboards spreading hate.

“You’re hanging out with people who find satisfaction spewing vitriol, people who spread racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism,” she wrote. “Perhaps it’s worse than I know. Maybe you’re struggling with addiction: addiction to outrage. It’s a powerful drug. I wish I could help you kick it. I feel its pull sometimes too. But I don’t want to be sucked in. All I can do is save myself from the bitter dark places where you like to dwell.

“So, I’m done. I’m moving on. I’m looking for something else, something real and lasting,” she wrote. “Something that involves actual people, not nearly 48 million bots. I prefer my real friends over fake humanoids run by computers and true trolls filled with genuine venom. Call me old fashioned, but I like hearing viewers’ real thoughts, not the ones special interest groups pay them to tweet. And to the tens of thousands of folks who took time to follow me, I trust we’ll find a kinder place to reconnect.”

Ms. Camerota’s Twitter account, @AlisynCamerota, has since been disabled.

Her decision comes amid an ongoing war of words between CNN and President Trump, who repeatedly describes the cable news network as fraudulent and “fake news” on social media. Mr. Trump created a firestorm after he tweeted an altered video of himself body slamming a WWE wrestler with the “CNN” logo on his face. Some CNN reporters, including Ms. Camerota, interpreted the tweet as a threat and many accused the president of trying to delegitimize the press.

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