A reporter at The Dallas Morning News says he's been blocked from following Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter account -- and he's not the only one.
On Sunday, Tom Benning reported that when he recently tried to follow @GovernorPerry, which is described as the "Personal Twitter feed of Texas' 47th Governor" and has over 30,000 followers, he received the following message: "Could not follow user: You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user." So Benning called Perry's office:
I put in a call to the governor's press office, where Ashton Morgan told me the governor has sole control of his personal Twitter account. She added that she would try and get an answer as to why he blocked me.
...But Benning then saw other journalists complaining about being blocked. Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote: "Is it just me or has @GovernorPerry also blocked you from following him on Twitter? Hurt that I'll miss text on his next gig with Ted Nugent." KRLD's Scott Braddock wrote: "How many members of the Texas media are blocked from following @GovernorPerry on Twitter?"
Quite a few, as it turns out. Perry apparently believes that his publicly visible Twitter account should be invisible to reporters he doesn't like. I recommend the reporters simply set up additional Twitter accounts under a different name. And as for Perry... fuck him with a corkscrew; he doesn't seem to realize that governing in a democracy is necessarily a public activity.
AFTERTHOUGHT: Far be it from me to suggest that Anonymous take a look at Gov. Perry's Twitter account or his campaign web site. Oh, no; that would be wrong: no one should do anything to interfere with total bastards in governors' mansions...