New York Times Should Get A Consulting Fee From The Obama Administration

A New York Times reporter, who is totally objective and stuff I’m sure, gave the White House some advice this morning telling them to use Twitter to fight Republicans on the debt ceiling issue.

A New York Times reporter this morning offered White House communications folks an unsolicited tip on using Twitter to drive improved public support for President Obama’s stance in the debt ceiling negotiations.

And within minutes they took it.

As the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro relates, New York Times reporter Jen Preston, like millions of Americans, heard Obama’s remarks this morning urging citizens to phone, email and Tweet their support for the Democratic “compromise” legislation in the stubborn budget talks with Republican members of Congress going on now for weeks.

Soon after, Preston tweeted two White House officials suggesting they start using a special #hashtag as Twitter users do to group messages of common interest. This White House has never been slow to use social media. Quickly, they came up with #compromise.

And within five minutes the new and improved White House social media campaign was underway, with other executive office personnel soon retweeting the hashtag into wide circulation.

The Barack Obama campaign (which has a separate account from the White House for obvious reasons) is doing it now too (here’s their tweet asking their followers to target Rep. Rick Berg on Twitter) .

And, to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with the New York Times giving President Obama political advice.

Update: Looks like Obama’s Twitter spamming lost him about 10,000 followers.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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