Over the weekend, Tritt started trending on Twitter after various accounts (politically left-leaning accounts) noticed that they had been mysteriously blocked by him. At the advice of fellow conservative James Woods, Tritt shared his explanation for the Twitter tactic.
Per my friend @RealJamesWoods, type #resist in your Twitter search bar. Block at least twenty of these accounts per day. We will soon make them as irrelevant as they have tried to make the rest of us.
Sports journalist Jemele Hill is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and host of the Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast. Prior to that she worked for ESPN for 12 years, participating in shows like First Take, SportsCenter and co-hosting His & Hers, Numbers Never Lie and more. She found herself in hot water with ESPN back in 2017 for violating social media guidelines on two separate occasions, one relating to critical comments about Donald Trump, and the other about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She eventually left ESPN in 2018.
So getting back to Tritt, Jemele was also blocked by Travis Tritt. But unlike many of the other accounts, she actually met Travis Tritt a few years ago. And at the time she would’ve said he was a nice guy.
But now, in light of his outspoken political beliefs and blocking tactics, she admitted that she would now lie about about his character and “make him seem like a huge asshole.”
I’ve been blocked by both James Woods and Travis Tritt. Had anyone asked me about Travis Tritt before today I would have said he was a nice guy based off meeting him at the Kentucky Derby a few years ago. Now I’m going to re-tell that story and make him seem like a huge asshole.
Of course, she dismissed it all as a joke, but joking or not, it should go without saying that it’s a rather concerning statement to hear from a journalist. Things like “truth” and “integrity” are (or at least should be) the cornerstones of good journalism.
Needless to say, she received a lot criticism for the statement.
It’s Twitter, not a term paper. Thanks for having zero sense of humor
Here is a perfect example of a blatant lie being crafted just because she disagrees politically. She is a contributing writer for The Atlantic. She is telling everyone that she is going to lie about how she felt about meeting me a few years ago. How they lie is so disappointing. pic.twitter.com/SLJDZQnK7a
And look, I don’t give a shit about anybody’s politics one way or the other. I’m not siding with Travis or Jemele, Democrats or Republicans, Liberals or Conservatives, I’m not siding with anybody. I’m just trying to point out the dangers of rhetoric like this. The danger of opening admitting that as a journalist, you’re willing to lie about somebody because you disagree with their politics. It’s a slippery slope. I also don’t think blocking opposing views really helps to foster meaningful discussion either.
Either way, we’re not going to get through this shit storm unless we all come together, find common ground, and search for truth. And as a journalist, the search for truth should be priority number one.
In the meantime, I’ll be over here with Farce.
I’ll get crazy and listen to Travis Tritt, Chris Stapleton, The Chicks, Charlie Daniels, and American Aquarium in a row if I want. I don’t care.