By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
KNOXVILLE — Federal employees with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park want you to know the park’s official Facebook page will remain inactive until the government shutdown is resolved.
What’s unclear, however, is just why officials at the park, where Tennessee meets North Carolina, made the announcement at al. They haven’t bothered to update the official Facebook page since March 2012.
All the announcement did was prompt people to launch an attach on tea partyers.
“Blame the tea party,” Facebook user Linda Waddles complained in the accompanying thread.
Facebook user Colin Gardiner had a more colorful response.
“Republicans need to grow up and stop throwing their toys out of the pram. As for the Tea Party, how can any sane Americans vote for such a bunch of Nazis!”
Several other posts raged against the tea party with their own verbal pitchforks, almost like a lynch mob.
Facebook user Geri McKinney, however, deviated from many of the other posters.
“If the last post to the page was March 15, 2012….a year and a half ago….and whoever does the posts is a paid employee….apparently they weren’t doing their job…..and this post is just to make a political statement.”
Also chiming in was Facebook user Rick Byrd.
“Like it REALLY requires someone from the GOVERNMENT to be on staff to keep a FACEBOOK page OPEN….It’s not like someone has to sit there and monitor that page all day.”
Given the circumstances, did parks’ personnel take to the parks’ official Facebook page to pick a fight and rile people’s emotions?
Tennessee Watchdog can’t get an answer to that one. No parks personnel were available to talk Wednesday because of the federal government shutdown. The same was true of the federal Department of the Interior, which oversees the park’s operations.
Contact Christopher Butler at [email protected].
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