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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4 Comments on “TrolledIn: Alumni instigate political debate on Linkedin

  1. There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

  2. Apparently, it is much easier to get on the the Linkedin Georgetown alumni site than it is to get into the school.

  3. Hi, I’m Elizabeth Morin and would like to clarify that EACH of my 13 comments were requests to stop spamming the boards and to end ALL political conversations, liberal or conservative. I made these requests as LinkedIn is meant for professional networking, not for debating abortion policy. The moderators responded to my concerns by creating a separate forum for such debates. That’s a major part of the story that was left out – the moderators have dealt with this, the spamming has ended, and those wanting to debate conservative or liberal political and religious views have a forum to do so.

    I’m disappointed in the poor journalistic standards exhibited in this article. If you’re going to mention my name and quote me on a story published on the internet, have the decency to contact me for comment.

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