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Experts: Twitter Key Part of GOP Debate Process


The following broadcast on CW33 on Jan. 19, 2012. Journalism Professor Jake Batsell provided expertise for this story.

January 25, 2012

By Gisele Phelps

The latest GOP debate sure was fiery Thursday night.  The remaining four Republican candidates:  Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich squared off on CNN. Reaction to their exchanges was immediate on social media.

When GOP debaters hit the airwaves Twitter tends to heat up.

“You`re also watching the social media fall out on your laptop, on your iPad, and maybe even your iPhone,” said SMU Asst. Journalism Professor Jake Batsell.

SMU professor, Jake Batsell, says Twitter has become an important part of the debate process.

“In a way it`s kind of a real time truth squad, at least that`s the potential,” said Batsell....