Surely Ottawa tweeters have already seen Senator Patrick Brazeau’s attack on reporter Jennifer Ditchburn this afternoon. Earlier today, Ditchburn wrote this article for Huffington Post Canada about the Senator’s low attendance. The exchange in question is detailed below: In MediaStyle’s social media training, I’ve stressed that the best way to deal with an ill-advised tweet is stop tweeting, acknowledge what you did wrong, apologize, and move on. Deleting a tweet demonstrates that you have something you want to hide, and it won’t get rid of the tweet: people will have already taken a screenshot and distributed it. Of course, the best way to deal with controversial tweets is to never tweet out of anger, especially as a public figure. Brazeau hasn’t deleted the offending tweets, which is a good first step, and it will be interesting to see how Brazeau’s office handles the situation.
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