GOP’s delusional, far-right Twitter bubble
New York magazine's Dan Amira takes a look at what accounts members of Congress follow on Twitter, and the results are ... depressing. Both sides mainly follow the worst of the awful Beltway media. Pundits obsessed with trivialities and conflict and personalities beat out commentators and reporters who understand policy or political science. So Mike Allen wins! Well, the Hill actually wins, beating out Politico, C-SPAN and its smarter, but more expensive, primary competitor Roll Call. But Allen wins in the list of individual media personalities with the largest followings among members of Congress. That top 10 is pretty much depressing from start to finish, though at least Jake Tapper beats Joe Scarborough.
It's pretty easy to over-interpret these findings. Few members of Congress have any involvement at all in their Twitter feeds -- some of them may not know they have Twitter feeds -- so what we're seeing here are the accounts followed by, most likely, junior staffers. They follow Chuck Todd because, you know, they have to. If they miss some dumb thing Chuck Todd says that people start talking about they will get in trouble.