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Facebook replacing news conferences?

January 18, 2010 - Per Peterson
Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has announced he won’t join the race to become Minnesota’s next governor. I don’t have a problem with that, and I don’t really blame him either. He’s probably the last person you would expect to jump into a potentially hotly-contested race given when he went through in his bid to retain his seat with the U.S. Senate. What I have a problem with (I can find a problem with anything) is how he announced it — on his Facebook page. Nothing against Facebook, but whatever happened to good, old-fashioned news conferences. That’s the way news is supposed to break, not on Facebook. I understand he’s not the first politician to use the Internet as a source for making major announcements, but what about the people who either a) don’t even know what Facebook is, or b) don’t have access to a computer? Are they any less entitled to learn about big news right away than those who practically walk around with a computer in their front pocket? Maybe Coleman just wanted to do the “hip” thing. Maybe Facebook is the best way for politicians and athletes to avoid having to deal with a throng of reporters. Or maybe they’re just lazy. A sidebar: Coleman said Monday his family voted 3-1 against him running. Hope there’s no recount.


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