In the Globe and Mail today, a Federal MP (Northern Ontario - NDP) thinks Twitter should be banned from smart phones like BlackBerry's that politicians use. But why...
Charlie Angus the MP from Northern Ontario was interviewed and said "to save politicians from looking like idiots."
Is this really the Pot calling the kettle black? Politicians don't need Twitter to do that, they simply have to hold a press conference and that pretty much does the job anyway. But it gets better (of course), the NDP is not alone, seems every political party has jumped in...
The source of his outrage was a tweet yesterday by Ontario Liberal MP Michelle Simson. She sent out an insulting message about Tory MP Dean Del Mastro, saying he should "grow up (not out)."
She was responding to a comment she didn't like that he made in the all-party ethics committee. Mr. Del Mastro, the parliamentary secretary to the Heritage Minister and the MP for Peterborough, is a big man and was taunted as a kid with fat jokes. Over the past two years he has lost about 80 pounds.
After Question Period yesterday, Mr. Del Mastro asked for an apology from Ms. Simson. He got one but he got something else, too - support from Mr. Angus, who intervened in the Commons, urging MPs to stop playing with the devices during Parliamentary committees.
"I would like Members of Parliament to put the inane little games away and get down to [the] business of serving their representatives. When I saw that Twitter, I was appalled because I thought it could happen at any of our committees," he said in the House of Commons.
Twitter is turning into the perfect breeding ground for the press to get some quotes that will wind up in their newspapers. Only time will tell if some of these twits wind up in court with libel lawsuits as CNN is reporting on court rulings against Courtney Love.