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NY Times writer Farhad Manjoo published an editorial column on Wednesday titled "Never Tweet." Manjoo suggests that journalists who can’t control their emotions should sign off of Twitter - or post less and lurk more in the aftermath of the Covington Catholic students video hoax scandal.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Hollywood liberals, celebrities, and many journalists called for a group of Catholic school students to be killed or severely injured after the students were accused of mocking an elderly Native Indian.

A video uploaded to by a fake Twitter account mislead Twitter users by claiming the students were harassing Nathan Phillips, who turned out to be a professional protester.

After the story was proven to be a hoax, many journalists quietly deleted their tweets. But one journo - a writer for - was fired for urging others to kill the students.

READ ALSO: Journalist Fired for Saying Covington Students Should Be Killed

Manjoo suggested that journalists should leave Twitter, or at least post less and lurk more.

"You don’t have to quit totally — that's impossible in today's news business. Instead, post less, lurk more," Manjoo writes.

In his column, Manjoo admits he was once addicted to the micro-blogging network.

"I began pulling back last year — not because I'm morally superior to other journalists but because I worried I was weaker.

"For a journalist, flying above that fray requires intense intestinal fortitude. Twitter, I realized, was sapping all my time and energy, and sooner or later, I knew I would screw up royally. Deep down, I suspect many others worry about the same."

Manjoo suggested other journalists should pull back to preserve what's left of journalistic standards in America.

"Twitter will ruin us, and we should stop."

Illustration by Irina_Strelnikova/ Getty Image

  • Guest

    Yup! and ban all future presidents.

  • Vonn

    I don't know about journalists, but donnie trump should sign off of Twitter FOREVVA.

  • Marlika

    He should be banned but knowing him he would use Barron or Melania's acct.?????

  • Vonn

    Lol. Or send presidential text to our cell phones.

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  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    .... who turned out to be a professional protester. <<<< this is all I got outta this write-up
    Anyway I don't tweet, tried it before and was like I'm not about to be tellin' people what I'm doing every 5 minutes. I actually really dislike sosha media. I only have FB to keep in touch with family and I maybe log on every other month. I be done missed all the birthdays and anniversaries and funnigal/marriage announcements!!! The only one I keep up with is Instagram and that's only because I like pictures.

  • DroneRivers

    "journalists who can’t control their emotions" Sure. How about presidents, too? Nobody more emotional than his crybaby ass.

  • DroneRivers

    "For those of you who aren't familiar, Hollywood liberals, celebrities, and many journalists called for a group of Catholic school students to be killed or severely injured after the students were accused of mocking an elderly Native Indian."
    It was one journalist. And he was fired. Let's not act like there was an entire lynch mob marching the streets with tiki torches while chanting inflammatory phrases.

  • Renee26

    That part ?

  • Scromes1212

    Yes, get a burner account. Nothing good comes from journalist tweeting. Save it for the front page.

  • MsPam

    Jamie Lee Curtis did apologize when she realized that the story was not true.

  • Topic Influencer

    Dear Farhad Manjoo:

    Yall can fukkin shove it.

    Back in 2006-2007 editors were running around the damn newsroom hollering:Join Facebook! Join Twitter! Its the wave of the future.

    Now these folks got an opinion and its log off. And AFTER yall done replaced their warm bodies with the warm glow of COMPUTER SCREENS. The damn NERVE.

    How about you fukk off?

    Your journalistic Sister in Christ (even though you could be Muslim or other so don't wanna be insensitive),


  • Topic Influencer

    They shouldnt have been begged to join. A hot mess.

  • Michele Williams

    Does he suggest that jerk in the White House log of Twitter also?

  • Pitty Patty

    I haven't tweeted in about 3,4, 5 years at this point. Shyt got weird. People stalking me and bringing stuff I've said on here to Twitter.

    Twitter is the devil

  • DroneRivers

    I would hope so!

  • YellowSauce

    This "dilemma" is simple if you are working don't post personal feelings but if you post on your personal account always be leery that anything you tweet can and will be held against you ... its hard being a professional posting public things ... The thin line comes when you start ranting and being risque .. We all know when we cross the line ... Just don't do it

  • NewNew

    You are so right. Social media is the devil, not just Twitter. I never got the hype about Twitter. Had an account and never tweeted. The only social media I have is my Disqus account so I can post on this blog. That's it. So glad I purged Facebook from my life.

  • Pitty Patty

    It was cool when it was like a little secret society for college students...but then Zuckerberg let the gates open and the world aint been right since.

  • iWasteTime

    ... tis all

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Good luck with that shyt when the damn President show his demon azz down there on da Twittah daily chile .... whatever ....


    That video was not a hoax. Those little fcks are bad. Why were they at a women’s libs march wearing MAGA hats? Their school sanctioned this!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Social Media should be renamed Diarrhea of the Mouth Network???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Hoax??? What news outlet is reporting it was a hoax? That one white boy was on some news station saying he was wrong for saying what he said..

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  • PlayerP

    Oh my goodness...they're just going to start solely using their under/clandestine accounts. Same soup, just reheated.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Real question: Where is Barbara Walters?

  • Topic Influencer

    Not sure but I miss her! Bawba is almost 90 years old. God bless her. I looked her up the other day when someone brung up Hugh Downs.

  • Yui

    Yesterday on CBS

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    I love Dan Rather on Twitter he constantly gives me hope.

  • Parent

    I want to punch that white boy in his face!

  • Parent

    I still want to punch him! Hate his face!

  • Parent

    Why do I want to commit violent acts on them. They get me so angry.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Having news personalities on social media posting about trivial things somehow tarnishes their brand. The news people used to hide their personal opinion and seemed unbiased and you could trust their word. Now everybody seems to have an agenda

  • NewNew

    Exactly! The moment people's parents started popping up on there I knew it was the beginning of the end.

  • lovelygamour

    that was not a hoax those kids went there to cause trouble.

  • lovelygamour

    i know he is a kid but he looks so evil. his parents have ingrained that in him. those kids went there to cause a scene.

  • Parent

    Yes he is a devil with blond hair and blue eyes that lives on earth. and there's more where he came from!

  • dontgetblocked

    Yellow journalism has replaced objective journalism. What happened to sticking to reporting the Who, what, when, why and how? The news has become a bunch of subjective opinions. You've hit rock bottom when you wish death on teenagers exercising their rights...just because they're Republicans. It's just not that serious.

  • dontgetblocked

    As Americans, they have the right to protest!

  • Logan Roberts

    Let's start with Dump first and then proceed from there.

  • Mielle Downey

    Exactly and people act like they would have welcomed the native aboriginal guy bullying thier kids. Fact is stranger than fiction and the fact is if someone is trying to intimidate your child things would go left pretty quick. The media is not objective and is taking sides. When you start demonizing children you need to do some soul searching. Matthew 13 read it the wheat and the tares will all be gathered together when harvest comes.

  • Mielle Downey

    Now you know how cops feel when they meet your kid or kids.

  • Mielle Downey

    There was a pro life March but since the media is bias and reporting fake news you did hear that being mentioned.

  • Erin

    Did you see him on Today Show interview? The kid is soul less he didn't even blink.

  • Parent

    No I did not . It would probably enrage me more.

  • Jethro

    It's time for Orange Julius to sign off of Twitter.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    like the victim of programming.


    I think twitter set everybody up from very begining. Information is now coming out that social media was designed and engineered with the assitance of people from the gambling industry, to create a dependance.

    Now you know why people are affected they way the are. Look the meaning of the root word twit below.

    twit - /twit/ noun INFORMAL•BRITISH
    a silly or foolish person.
    synonyms: fool, idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod;

  • Monica Lewinsky

    And as a journalist, I know Sandy knows this was not a hoax video!

  • davine puddin

    So no one is asking why the native elder didnt play in front of the black Israelites. I deleted facebook never twittered. Nor instagramed. I was tired of seeing people lives who i dont speak to in real life. I deleted messenger too.

  • free

    so the smirking white apple from a racist mother tree is now innocent?


    With some people, social media validates them. A person can pretend to be whoever they want online and no one would be the wiser. Also, its easy to bully others with words that a person wouldn't normally say. I don't twitter, instagram or facebook because everything isn't for anyone and if you ever want to find out how stupid someone is, I always say just look at their social media posts.

  • Blue

    This right here.

  • Blue

    I have to check him out on there

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    He was a youngin whike Watergate was happening so his insight is awesome.

  • Blue

    Reading his tweets now. Yeah. Good stuff

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    He said Stone always thought he couldn't be caught welp... Lol

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  • Jay

    This is not a true statement "After the story was proven to be a hoax". This is just your interpenetration and belief.

  • Jersey Girl

    The spin they giving it... did you also see how they got the tap dancing black basketball player from the photo to speak on their behalf saying it wasnt racial... I turned off the tv and was welp for butter biscuits people will say anything to validate these entitled wypipo

  • free

    noooooooo!!! smdh. i guess he on full scholarship now.

  • ?jessica?

    No matter what, you just should never disrespect an elder. His parents should be ashamed that their child was recorded mocking an elder person for the world to see. This is one of my biggest problems with most white people. They want you to respect their culture and values and find all the reasons in the world why they can't, shouldn't or won't respect anyone else's culture and/ vaules.