Canada: Two Fatal Jihadist Attacks in 48 Hours

pachter_the_painted_flag-charles-patcherI followed a breaking news story on Twitter.

I know better.

I’m always saying that eyewitness accounts are unreliable, and that for all we know, everyone’s tweets are doing more harm than good.

But yesterday, I found it impossible not to launch my HootSuite dashboard, compulsively refresh my “best friends” column, and jump into the raging stream of information.

Since I have so many non-Canadian followers, I thought it would be helpful to try to put the breaking news into American terms:

Imagine, I tweeted, someone killing the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery, then getting into an action-movie shootout in the marble halls of Congress, while the president and his Cabinet met in an unlocked room a few feet away.