TrolledIn: Alumni instigate political debate on Linkedin
LinkedIn serves for more than just a social networking tool. In the past week, Michael J. Cino (SFS ’86), CEO of Cino Oil Company, posted on the Georgetown University LinkedIn Alumni Group about his opinions on President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This is not the first time Cino posted links to conservative articles on the alumni group.
When asked why he started chiming in on LinkedIn, Cino said he noticed a pattern of liberals attacking conservative postings on the discussion board. He claims that liberals are engaging in ad hominem attacks and cyberbulling. “They were really, really mean,” Cino said. “I started putting up information from the other side…I feel that they want to shut down all the conservative voices.”
Although he attempted several times to contact the Georgetown alumni network moderator, Cino received no response. “There is a hair trigger moderation policy for conservatives, but [the GU LinkedIn moderators] have allowed liberals to go on.”
Cino’s most recent discussion post, titled “Is Support for Obamacare immoral? A growing number of people have concluded it is,” garnered 59 comments from other Georgetown alumni, as of 4 p.m. In the post, Cino makes the argument that supporting ObamaCare is against Catholic religious values, adding that “any human being would have to agree.”
Some of the most frequent participators in this battle are Tom Austin and David Klausmeyer (COL ’55). At a glance, Austin’s profile fails to indicate whether or not he attended Georgetown. In a recent discussion post about Obama’s tax police, Austin entered the debate quite a few times, but most notably: “ignore Michael. We all know he’s confused, hostile, insulting and delusional.”
Elizabeth Morin, another GU alum and participant in these LinkedIn discussions, attacks Cino for his alleged misinformation. “Another option would be to focus your precious time on your family or your job instead of spamming LinkedIn boards with unprofessional discussions,” she wrote. “I don’t need to make things up (death panels, fake taxes) to make my arguments. But I also don’t spend the bulk of my free time arguing politics with strangers on LinkedIn.” Morin has about 13 comments on the discussion.
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