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Photo Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons MAYOR BILL De Blasio’s Twitter expressed sincere remarks toward the New York Mets, however, they were not written by him, but rather by members of his staff.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / MAYOR BILL De Blasio’s Twitter expressed sincere remarks toward the New York Mets, however, they were not written by him, but rather by members of his staff.

De Blasio’s Twitter account conveys false sincerity toward the Mets

Published: November 6, 2015

Commentary by
MATTHEW DEFRENZA

There is a long-running sentiment that it is impolite to discuss politics or religion, so I apologize for having to break this rule, but it baffles me that people can get behind and support candidates who are less human beings than sets of ideals.

Politics is an area that I have little care for. I could not tell you one candidate’s policy from another’s.

Yet, after every debate, and especially during election years, I hear heated discussions on the news and view even more heated discussions on social media.

Politics to me entails men and women attacking one another personally, in the name of whichever candidate they feel is best suited. It is simply nonsense.

I’ve heard that so-and-so is a man of the people because he wears blue jeans, or that so-and-so is a true American because he drives a Chevy and stands for the idealistic America that we once were, but candidates are simply products, marketed to sell.

Every candidate has a staff of people who run his or her social media, pick his or her outfits, manage his or her exposure, convey what the staff considers beneficial history of his or her life, decide his or her platform, based on the miscellaneous statistics available and then write his or her words.

The “New York Times” ran an article last Tuesday regarding New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s heartfelt tweets about the New York Mets’ playoff run.

Although he is unpopular in New York, having a mayor display passion toward one of the two New York baseball clubs will garner some respect among constituents.

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani was, and is, for the majority, still beloved by New Yorkers for his appearances at Yankee games, sporting a Yankee hat.

In recent years, it has become customary for the mayors of sports teams playing in the championship series of their respective sport to exchange friendly “trash” talking or bets. So it was no surprise to see a mayor, whose city’s team was in the World Series, tweet his support.

The issue lies in the fact that the tweets, the sentimental words and the support weren’t his at all.

According to the “New York Times” article, De Blasio’s press secretary confirmed that a staff aide had written the tweets, despite the use of personal pronouns, such as “I,” to recount the “mayor’s” experience of being a Red Sox fan during the team’s miraculous run to the World Series in 2004.

De Blasio is just the most recent example of a politician faking his humanity, trying to present himself as a “regular” person and trying to garner some support for his attempt at a reelection in 2017.

As Today Show meteorologist Al Roker said best in his tweet in 2014, after De Blasio refused to close public schools despite an abundance of snow, “Long range Di Blasio forecast: 1 term.”

The article continues by saying that politicians rarely write their own tweets, citing the fact that presidential candidates’ accounts often generate messages even while the candidate is mid-debate or mid-speech.

So before you put a sign in your front yard, put stickers on everything you own or wear a shirt displaying whichever brand of politics you support, consider this: you are supporting neither a man nor a woman, but a façade that a staff has molded to your likings.

Contact the writer: matthew.defrenza@scranton.edu

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