By Stephen Boni
Source: Ghion Journal
The political end of Twitter tends to be a place people go to rhetorically fuss and fight with strangers. Think what you will of that. For some, it’s a positive thing, an opportunity to demonstrate to others how to beat back bad-faith arguments in real time. For others, it becomes little more than an ego-gratifying diversion from real political work, an un-useful expenditure of combative negative energy.
At the same time, political Twitter can be great place for journalists to connect with each other and groups of engaged citizens, to share important information and spread it around. As an independent journalist, I’ve found that aspect of the platform quite valuable, but what I appreciate even more are the fellow citizens, non-journalists, who break stories on their own.
Such was the case this past weekend when Currie Dobson, a non-partisan leftist I’ve been following on Twitter for a year or so, broadcast a video from his car on his way to hear Tulsi Gabbard speak in southern California. In the short clip, he talked about what he decided to ask Gabbard during the Q&A, an explosive question about the rigged 2016 Democratic primary, its continuing impact on voters, and what Gabbard plans to do if the rigging happens again in 2020.
Astonishingly, Dobson managed to get the mic at the end of the Q&A and boldly (as well as respectfully) asked just that question, while live-streaming the whole thing.
Here’s the video of how it went down:
I bring up how Bernie was cheated in the 2016 elections then I ask Tulsi if she will be our voice and protest if and when she and Bernie gets cheated again next year. The democrat club leader didn’t like that and took the mic from me and tried to obfuscate my question. pic.twitter.com/7OWmeOBcbX
— Currie Dobson (@Ventuckyspaz) May 13, 2019
In both art and life, it’s astonishing how small moments, little occurrences, can tell you volumes about the larger picture. As Jane Albrecht, president of the Malibu Democratic Club, commandeered the mic from Dobson and redirected his incendiary question to Tom Perez-DNC-vague-lobotomy territory (unity, values, blah blah blah), several things were revealed.
Before digging into those revelations, I wanted to check in with Dobson himself and get some context. I reached him at his home in southern California. Below is an excerpt of our conversation.
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Currie, thanks for taking the time. I’ve been curious ever since you…