On My Soapbox: It wasn’t a thing for the paper

This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.

I’m sure we all saw the social media mess that happened surround the local election a couple of weeks ago. Now that the election is over, I can talk about it . . . kind of.

At first, I just saw the whole thing for what it was – entertainment. Then there were posts about intimidation, threats, lawyers and everything in between.

Once the rumors of lawyers and district attorneys being involved, I paid a little more attention.

Once it becomes a legal issue, then it is my job to find and report the truth. And, that’s just what I did.

I sought out the truth about the entire situation. I contacted candidates, people who were named in the incident and the lawyers allegedly involved.

When I called a lawyer, and I’m not kidding, his exact words were, “There’s nothing going on (laughing hysterically). I mean, really it’s nothing.”

After he stopped laughing, I asked him to say that in a more formal way, because I am only doing my job. He said someone from his office would reach out and talk to me.

Two weeks later, this is what I received.

“To whom it may concern,

The Williamson County Attorney’s Office does not currently have any active investigations involving the City of Taylor, any City of Taylor employees in their official capacity or any of the City’s Elected Officials.”

That came straight from the chief investigator.

You never saw a story about it in the paper, the website or the Taylor Press social media channels. Why? Because it wasn’t a thing for the paper, at least from what we could find.

I did do the digging and the research and contacted resources, only to find out what I knew before I started – it was nothing more than people blowing up a situation from behind a keyboard and a monitor.

As I have said before, social media is not for everyone. This time, I’m speaking more about the people who use social media as their main source of information.

Every action has a reaction, so when people look to social media for answers, they get them,

even though they’re not always the right answers. Just like I’m probably going to hear some feedback on this column, because not everyone is going to agree.

In the case of this situation, even though I did the work to make sure it was not as major as it could have potentially been, my action had a reaction.

I didn’t report on it, and it didn’t become a thing.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now and get some rest because I was up covering election results Saturday night and playing NBA 2k21. I’m tired.

“Using social media to hurt and destroy is callous, acted out by cowards hiding behind computers. My advice is to ignore negativity. Focus on the love around.”

- Martin Garrix

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