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Ashton Kutcher to Quit Twitter? Star's Joe Paterno Tweets Draw Criticism

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  • Ashton Kutcher angered fans when he protested against Penn State firing head football coach Joe Paterno.
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    Ashton Kutcher angered fans when he protested against Penn State firing head football coach Joe Paterno.
By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
November 10, 2011|3:41 pm

Ashton Kutcher is mired in controversy again after posting a Tweet last night attacking the Penn State Board of Trustees for firing Joe Paterno.

He tweeted: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

Kutcher immediately received reply tweets slamming the actor on his post.

It was apparent, by Kutcher's reaction, he did not know the full story or that Paterno is in trouble for covering up child rape charges for one of his assistant coaches.

Around 30 minutes later, he erased his previous tweet, and put up a new one: "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes," followed by "This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now... Wow. As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."

Kutcher responded to the angry Twitter crowd when he posted: "Honestly just had half facts man my bad ... I need 2b more responsible 4 my voice," and admitted he was an idiot.

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Earlier today, Kutcher posted on his Twitter that he doesn't think he should be posting on Twitter anymore, and he doesn't think he is qualified to talk over 8 million followers anymore.

"Up until today I have posted virtually everyone of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual," he said. "While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's content."

In September, Kutcher was being followed closely on Twitter for his deteriorating relationship with Demi Moore as it was played out over the social networking website.

He then made a bizarre video in October where he calls for a greater honesty in media.

In the video, Kutcher is pictured without his wedding ring and says: “I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty. The state of truth. The status of truth as it pertains to literature and media.”

“If it seemed like something wasn't the truth, they wouldn't print it because their reputation was on the line.”

Kutchers goes on to talk about his perception of the media in the video: “When the cost structure comes down on printing... the level of honesty of literature started to plummet, the integrity of literature started to plummet because it was so easy to do. I started thinking about that in relation to media and social media today where the threshold to actually have literature printed and distributed, the cost threshold is zero dollars. Thereby there is no gatekeeper of the truth.”

“We are our own editors, we are our own publishers and we are our own printers. Thereby, people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world," he continued.

“There's that old saying where a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can leave someone's lips... I was thinking that we really have to take it upon ourselves to instill a level of honesty in the works in the media that we create and share with one another and be certain that we are doing our own diligence that what we are saying is for the benefit of another," Kutcher said.

 

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