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Meghan McCain's GWU speech nearly ruined by Twitter flap

Meghan McCain (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post)

Doesn't anyone talk anymore? A scheduled speech by Meghan McCain experienced near-death-by-Twitter this week. A few George Washington University student groups had teamed up to bring the outspoken political spawn to campus next month, including the College Republicans and gay-rights group Allied in Pride. But when McCain tweeted that her role would be "keynote" at Allied's Marriage Equality Week (she supports gay marriage), the CRs (who oppose it) announced Tuesday that they'd withdraw support. Which prompted McCain to tweet again that she had been "disinvited." Which she wasn't -- the CRs' contribution was just $100 of her $10K fee, and other groups covered it. Allied's Michael Komo told us that it was all a misunderstanding, that McCain's larger topic is "redefining Republicanism." Her Feb. 9 speech is still on, in case you're wondering.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 22, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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Twitter is NOT intended to be an official news outlet source. Sure, people and companies use it as a means for distribution of press releases, commentary and promotional services - but by NO means does a "tweet" by itself equate to any of those things by its mere existence. Remember sound, proven journalistic methods such as two source verification, formal press releases on company or personal letter head sent to news agencies, and... news agencies!

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | January 24, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

It worked!

Good job, Meghan.

Nobody had heard about your speech.

And now they have.

Posted by: dadada | January 24, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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