When sources decide to keep quiet, to ignore the email, leave the call unanswered or miss the coffee date, journalists are unable to share their side of the story. A fresh perspective and a piece of the puzzle is suddenly missing.
People are powerful behind screens and sympathy is non-existent. Political leaders and influencers wouldn’t make similar statements if the social media age was non-existent so it shouldn’t be so common for them to be made today so casually.
Shutting down dissenting and inflammatory viewpoints is seen by many as a means of removing a platform for certain controversial figures but in the age of the internet, this is an almost impossible feat.