Last night, amidst the flurry of tweets about Jeremy Hunt and the revelations at the Leveson inquiry, Louise Mensch MP engaged in the following exchange:
No, she would not be appearing before the media to comment as it would be inappropriate given her role on the Select Committee. However, shortly before stating that she would not be doing any media, she tweeted:
This seems ludicrous at best and rather suggests, once more, that many simply do not ‘get’ Twitter. It makes no sense to argue that you will not appear before the television media to comment, in front of an audience in the low millions, but feel free to comment publicly on a medium that reaches hundreds of millions instantly. Twitter, indeed any online social media, is part of the media landscape.
So yes, she might not have appeared on Newsnight et al, but she has certainly made her views on this matter very public (which is ill-advised in any case given the circumstances). Twitter is not a private network. Publish your comments on there, and you might as well ring up a journalist or sit in a studio. It is, after all, social media.
I should add that Louise Mensch has argued that her tweets have been mis-interpreted. Maybe so, but it is still difficult to understand why a Select Committee member is prepared to publicly declare that Jeremy Hunt has not behaved improperly.