Politico reporter Jonathan Martin is one of the more high profile scribes working for the publication. You wouldn’t be able to tell by his tweets. From grammatical errors to bizarre internet shorthand that comes off as some kind of protolanguage, it is genuinely hard to understand and follow. For example, here is how JMart sends a link to one of his stories.
This cud put both prez candidates and a lotta members up for election in a tight spot > politi.co/M6ynSr
— jmartpolitico (@jmartpolitico) July 24, 2012
Translation: “This could put both Presidential candidates and a lot of members up for election in a tight spot.” You see how I did that? In less than 140 characters, I managed to compose a thought that didn’t read like a preschooler wrote it. Even the most astute political analysis could be lost if it’s presented that way.
Martin is one of the big guns at Politico. He’s their SENIOR political reporter. He has appeared on NBC’s “MTP” (his wife is Betsy Fischer Martin but that’s a whole other can of worms.) Our advice is to take some time to read the tweet back. If it looks like hieroglyphics, it probably doesn’t make sense.