Former major league baseball player and steroids whistleblower Jose Canseco believes that Global Warming could have saved the Titanic.
“Titanic 100 years wOw. Global warming couldve saved titanic. Sad to say,” came from the former slugger’s Twitter account this past Sunday – marking the 100th anniversary of the maritime disaster that claimed over 1500 lives.
Mr. Canseco is entitled to his opinion. His Twitter followers decided they wanted to know his thoughts by reading his tweets. But is his commentary via social media newsworthy?
With all due respect to the former Oakland Athletics slugger: you are not an authority on iceberg melting nor history and haven’t been much of a celebrity for at least a decade. An appearance on “The Apprentice” with other has-been’s doesn’t make you a current pop culture icon. So once again I ask the question, “Why are his tweets newsworthy?”
Newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune have published an entire piece on Canseco’s Titanic tweet. The reporter included that Canseco got “defensive” when some of his followers challenged his theory and how the anniversary “hit home” for him as he was reminded of his days owning two yachts and his baseball bat he named “Titanic.”
“I had a bat I named Titanic. It was biggest rawlings ever made and beautiful and unbreakable don’t know where Titanic is now,” Canseco tweeted.
What is most intriguing from journalism perspective are the headlines this piece is currently sharing. Most notably the Tribune is proudly reporting that columnist Mary Schmich has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in the same edition. A well-deserved honor for a great journalist writing for one of the most respected publications in the world.
Now if we can just try to not follow up Ms. Schmich’s great work with stories about Pauly Shore’s views on preventing the Hindenburg disaster, we can say we’re moving foward.