10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:


Jennifer Rubin
10.
 WaPo’s Rubin is a prize-fighter with many Twitter bouts to her name. Most impressive was when @JRubinBlogger went to war with @JRubinBIogger and won, getting a parody account shut-down against the odds. What’s that about dishing it out but not being able to take it?

We asked Rubin for her thoughts about picking fights on Twitter, but haven’t heard back.

John Nolte
9.
 Strong man that he is, Breitbart’s Nolte is fighting with all of you these days. At once. A sampling:

Media didn’t break IRS, AP, Libya, or Verizon stories — too busy investigating Todd Akin’s issues with The WomanParts.

— John Nolte(@NolteNC) June 6, 2013

So I’m holding my BB gun and this chipmunk hops right towards me and up the stairs, one stair away. Metaphor for Obama & media?

— John Nolte(@NolteNC) June 6, 2013

Obama media minions now know what it felt like when Jim Jones brought out the Kool-Aid: Disillusioned but still obedient.

— John Nolte(@NolteNC) June 6, 2013

See the rest of our fighters…

Tommy Christopher
8.
FishbowlDC has a well-chronicled archive of Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Christopher’s Twitter shenanigans (and shenanigans in general). Here’s just one example, a shootout with Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich over gun control.

Well played, Christopher. Well played. Sometimes—looking at just DC media—Twitter does resemble an elementary school playground. We checked in with Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor to see what he thought of his own dustups with Christopher. “I forgot he even existed,” Poor said. Fighting words. We did ask Christopher for his thoughts, too, but so far he’s not playing.


Glenn Thrush

7. There’s got to be a 12-step program for Twitter fighters who’ve coined their own terms for how much it throws off their work schedule. If you know of one, we’ll pass it on to Politico’s Thrush.