Twitter: Tweets don’t kill people, people kill people.

Second Amendment defenders–I’m one–like to say “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Well, duh! Twitter may soon need that disclaimer. Through I just discovered the phrase “tweet-shamed”.

1. NY Times Reporter starts a Twitter War and Sen. Cruz Finishes It. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweet-shamed New York Times “investigative” reporter Eric Lipton on Sunday after Lipton took an ill-advised shot at Cruz for denouncing white nationalists after Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville. Lipton tried to belittle the senator’s condemnation of white nationalists as mere political “posturing,” although as the Daily Caller noted Lipton “offered no evidence to support that claim”:

“Sorry to be cynical, but most of all Rubio and Ted Cruz to me seem mostly to be doing a tremendous job of posturing for 2020.” Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) August 13, 2017. Cruz replied with pitch perfect tweets: “Gosh, you’re right. Because Nazis & the Klan have such love for Cuban-Americans. If only we worked for a paper that shilled for Stalin…— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 14, 2017. “I know it’s hard to understand. Too many schools don’t teach NYT’s shameful history covering up Soviet atrocities.”— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 14, 2017.

2. “A widely circulated photo, purportedly of President Donald Trump posing for a selfie with a man known on Twitter as @Millennial_Matt, has turned out to be fake. Shocking, I know. The tweet, as such things always go, has been deleted, but the photo was up yesterday, on @Millennial_Matt‘s Twitter profile. Of course, that profile is now also restricted.

“The photo was tweeted by Raf Sanchez, whose own Twitter profile shows him as the Middle East correspondent for the Telegraph. Why a reporter for a British newspaper covering the Middle East saw fit to add this particular piece of garbage to the Fake News Landfill is something for his employers to address. But obviously, very little fact-checking was done before Sanchez hit the ‘tweet’ button.

“And this is the problem, isn’t it? In the rush to get something out there and make it go viral, to be the famous reporter who unmasked the Trump ‘alt-right’ conspiracy connection, Sanchez tweeted a badly done Photoshopped picture from a guy’s Twitter profile. 

“Matt’s Photoshopped lie garnered 28,000 retweets and nearly 34,000 ‘likes’ according to The Blaze (can’t verify that now because of the Memory Hole). The correction has been retweeted 829 times (as of this writing), with just over 2,000 ‘likes.’

“Twitter is a sewer of lies, fake news, propaganda, trolls, and Russian bots. I wash my hands and use latex gloves whenever I get “facts” from there. Yet buried in this lie we do have a pearl of truth. Matt wants himself to be associated with Donald Trump, and Donald Trump has not repudiated that (and other “alt-right,” neo-Nazi, KKK and racist) love affair.”

I don’t even need to go into the ____________________ nature of president Trump’s tweets. (I am letting you fill in the blank with your version of reality.)

The REAL (darn, I keep using that word over–how about “all-natural” instead? No. that’s too inefficient, 11 characters instead of 4, I won’t be able to plumb the depths of my wisdom with 140 characters if I keep exchanging 4 for 11.) problem is what? That Twitter only gives you 140 characters? That’s enough to applaud yourself, pick a fight, gain more “followers”–hum, that word, where’s the kool aid–by posting something outrageous. That messages are called “tweets, like a bird exulting over a worm? Well, that Is the quality of most of them. No silly, the REAL (4 characters, yay.)–Oh oh, I just wasted 72 characters trying to get a gratuitous laugh–problem is that you can influence and provoke in 140 characters, but you can’t teach or persuade–BUT YOU THINK YOU CAN! Look at the tweets above. Oh so clever, zingers, cynicism and sarcasm and fakery…..did any of it advance justice or mercy–God’s two-edged sword–or did it provoke, demean, gain followers?

It is not the fault of Twitter, any more than it is the fault of Dodge (I think the vehicle doing the damage is a Dodge Charger) that Heather Heyer’s murderer drove into her. People who are sick and hate God (yes, everyone who hates the images of God because He painted His creations in different colors hates God. Racism of any color is God-hating) or who want to burnish their rep, their cred can find in Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media their canvas. But so can people who love God. warner hof