It seems that Twitter and Facebook are the cause of a controversy that’s built up between media personality Rachel Maddow and Senator Scott Brown. Speculation of Maddow launching a challenge against Brown surfaced largely it seems because of Facebook and Twitter rumors, leading Brown to send a fund-raising email saying the Democrats were planning to recruit Maddow to challenge him.
Although Maddow denied it was true twice on her show, and her network MSNBC issued a full-page newspaper ad to deny that she was planning to run against Brown in 2012, the rumors still persist, leading Maddow to say, “I don’t know what else to do. If I had the money to hire a skywriter to fly over downtown Boston I would”.
It all started when a Facebook page was initiated earlier this month, urging Maddow to run against Brown. Then a tweet sent by the chairman of the state Democratic Party, John Walsh, sent it viral. He had sent a tweet in an attempt to make contact with someone being urged to run against Brown, but in an incident dubbed “Walshgate”, says he “goofed up, and instead tweeted it to the world”. As he declined to say who it was he was attempting to contact, the situation continued to be fuelled.
It’s all led to Maddow querying why Brown’s team didn’t just call to ask her if it were true. However a Brown spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, says they still believe Maddow is aiming to run against Brown. For more on this story go via boston.com. What do you believe, and can we really believe anything we hear on Twitter or Facebook? It’s certainly food for thought.