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Podcast: How Twitter Is Destroying Journalism

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On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Siraj Hashmi explains why so many journalists act as if any criticism of them is a form of harassment.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Siraj Hashmi, host of the Habibi Bros, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how Twitter escalates conversations surrounding current events and why journalists using the platform to communicate with the public seem to have such thin skin.

“You have a bunch of individual pockets, a bunch of different circles of people who have their own echo chambers and so when they tweet, they are tweeting for their followers. They don’t realize that like the millions of other people on the website can see their terrible take,” Hashmi said.

While some people on Twitter can accept criticism of their publicly shared thoughts with grace and humility, Hashmi said others, specifically blue checkmark journalists, have a hard time coming to terms with the fact they can be wrong or even sometimes spreading “disinformation.”

“I don’t know why people look at it as a form of like harassment,” Hashmi said. “If you’re looking to make an impact in journalism, sometimes criticism is like the best way to like, get your name out there even if it’s warranted or not.”

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