Hypothetical situation but assume you’re a blogger for The Washington Post, you have a Twitter account because who doesn’t in this journalism world? Well let’s say you’re close friends with someone, or just a follower, and retweet their work. Maybe it’s done absentmindedly, maybe it’s an endorsement, maybe it’s just to include the ideas into a conversation but you have your reasons and let’s face it, you’re limited to a minute amount of characters. Ergo you can’t always include your thoughts. Well let’s take the situation above and let’s say the post you retweet includes the following,
He’s free and he’s home in the bosom of his family and his country.
Celebrate, Israel, with all the joyous gratitude that fills your hearts, as we all do along with you.
Then round up his captors, the slaughtering, death-worshiping, innocent-butchering, child-sacrificing savages who dip their hands in blood and use women-those who aren’t strapping bombs to their own devils’ spawn and sending them out to meet their seventy-two virgins by taking the lives of the school-bus-riding, heart-drawing, Transformer-doodling, homework-losing children of Others-and their offspring-those who haven’t already been pimped out by their mothers to the murder god-as shields, hiding behind their burkas and cradles like the unmanned animals they are, and throw them not into your prisons, where they can bide until they’re traded by the thousands for another child of Israel, but into the sea, to float there, food for sharks, stargazers, and whatever other oceanic carnivores God has put there for the purpose. [emphasis mine]
Some say that this RT is promoting something akin to a genocide or at least, mass murder of Palestinians. With all of this said, my general question is simply…
Are you, the blogger who may have absentmindedly retweeted this link, a bit responsible for the material in this retweet?
- If not, and let’s say you fail to clarify or question the opinion expressed at the link, should a simple deletion suffice?
- If yes, should you be fired? (with knowledge that people have been fired for much less)
I don’t have any answers, what do you think?