It’s time for Dave Agema to resign. His response to my email was inadequate; he refuses to apologize, even when I pointed out to him multiple factual inaccuracies about what he posted (he never responded to the second e-mail). I won’t copy and paste his whole email, as I never asked him permission to do that, but I’ll summarize: he defended his post by saying that most of it was accurate, although he could not vouch for all of it, and that he had been contacted by someone else who confirmed this. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t cut it. I didn’t ask him to apologize for everything he posted; I simply wanted him to apologize for anything inaccurate and for the fact that as our RNC Committeeman, he posted the article without fact checking it. In today’s realm of social media, a repost without a disclaimer is treated as en endorsement by many, and if an RNC Committeeman cannot understand that, it is bad for the party to keep him as our RNC Committeeman.
And from what I’ve seen, it’s pretty apparent that Agema doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to social media:
It’s one thing to make an honest mistake and then apologize for it. The tweet of the Onion article is a funny gaffe, but it adds to the image of Republicans being out of touch old, white men. And that doesn’t help our problem of being a party that seems unappealing to young voters.
But his Facebook post was more than a gaffe. It was more than insensitive. He passed the information along without a disclaimer, presenting what is OBJECTIVELY inaccurate as fact, and that is unacceptable.
For the sake of the MI GOP, he should resign or be removed from his position.