This past week I had the honor of having a tweet featured on CNN. Michael Smerconish had been discussing a Black Panther video that had gone viral over four years ago, which was falsely attached to voter intimidation. I found it of particular interest that a Conservative broadcaster, Mr. Smerconish, came down hard on extreme conservatives who were stretching the truth. As a news junkie, I’m often trying to get to the heart of truth since the foundation of my career is in market research objectivity. At the end of the segment I felt compelled to tweet:
After a commercial break, I see on air the following:
Fast forward to Election Eve when a big campaign event takes place in the City of Brotherly Love. Among the artists are Bon Jovi who ends his set with a powerful tribute to Hillary Clinton where he kills the Beatles classic, Here Comes the Sun. It has not yet been 24 hours since I posted the Facebook video, which has gone viral with over 4,100 views and 100+ shares.
Given that content drives interest, I am flattered and feel a sense of humility being both a creator and curator in these instances. As far as my “keeping it real,” both videos align with my political beliefs yet are framed in ways that my conservative friends have continued to engage and even look forward to more content. Thus, I discovered it is possible to get in on the political conversation without alienating half the population. However, I would add a caveat that it is a highly risky venture.
In this divisive political season, do you think it is possible to share something on one side that does not alienate friends with a different point of view?