[Ruth] Marcus states that “I may sound alarmingly crotchety here, but something is upside down in the modern world, which has transformed [Kansas teenager Emma] Sullivan into an unlikely Internet celebrity and heroine of the liberal blogosphere[.]” You don’t sound crotchety Marcus, you sound insane. Sullivan was too mean in her tweet about a politician? And you claim to cover these people?
Something is upside down in this world when a so called journalist can get this up in arms over a tweet that is disrespectful to a pol while being just fine with the past decade in Washington, DC.
Ruth Marcus, a supremely silly woman, is nevertheless only reflecting the reality of the world for people under age 30 or so. Teenagers and young people aren’t permitted to talk back to nasty pols, even passively through Twitter. Only nasty pols are allowed to talk smack about American youth, lecturing them about taking baths, getting jobs, and remaining quiescent while their lockers are randomly searched for drugs (or whatever might offer a pretext for turning them over to local police.) Never mind that nasty pols are particularly nasty about the sex lives of teenaged girls. For the record, I don’t think Sullivan is a “hero.” She sounds like a typical teenager, bragging about a confrontation that never happened. Although foolish, her tweets are her own business.
But even nasty pol Sam Brownback knows that his staff was overzealous, and he apologized to Sullivan for the overreach. (He’s nasty, but he’s not an idiot.)