In the ever-accelerating world of political journalism, it’s increasingly common for pundits and media figures to offer their reporting live over the Internet as events unfold. Likewise, it’s a well-established tradition that after any head of state gives a major address, members of the opposing party are sought out afterward for a response.
On Monday, as Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered a session-opening address to the state legislature, Uptown’s state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson combined tradition with trend and offered her own rebuttal to the governor live, as he was speaking, over the Twitter social network.
“Governor’s budget relies on one time money for recurring expenses: in 2008 that was taboo!” Peterson (@kcpsenate5) exclaimed to her nearly 300 followers Monday afternoon, tweeting from the House chamber while Jindal spoke at the podium.
“Gov Jindal blames DC for spending/taxing too much while he constantly looks for more ways to balance budget on backs of feds,” she said in another message.
During the governor’s 20-minute speech, Peterson offered her six barbs while journalists such as Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune (@BillBarrowTP) were tweeting Jindal’s words live, creating the point-counterpoint semblance of a debate — or at least as much of one as can be delivered 140 typed characters at a time. Peterson’s comments, meanwhile, drew no response from Jindal’s official account (@BobbyJindal).
After the speech ended, Peterson’s account went quiet. Several hours later, the senator returned to let her followers know where they could find an expanded version of her thoughts: in an old-fashioned TV interview she’d just taped for the evening news.