It can’t be said enough, and I’ve written a couple of editorials on the subject: Never post anything on a blog or send a tweet or email that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of a newspaper some time in the future. Even in the far future.
As recent University of Washington graduate Kathlyn Ehl is discovering, that stuff can come back to haunt you – and maybe even end a budding career. This is a potentially big problem, especially for young people, who seem not to have many inhibitions about what they put online.
Ehl lost her job Wednesday as a campaign staffer for gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna after it was discovered that she had tweeted offensive comments about Asians and the elderly months ago when she was still a UW student. After graduating recently, she took a job with the McKenna campaign as a policy assistant. Her tweets were posted Monday on the website of The Stranger, a Seattle alternative newspaper. Read more »