Edward Snowden’s exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Brian Williams attracted intense attention on social media Wednesday, with Americans divided on whether the fugitive leaker is a patriot or a traitor — but leaning toward the prior.
Tracking the two terms on Twitter over a 36-hour window (from 2 p.m. ET Tuesday through 2 a.m. Thursday), they were extremely close until Snowden spoke in the hour-long interview, his first with a U.S. television network, and #Patriot spiked. During the broadcast, tweets mentioning #Patriot outnumbered #Traitor nearly two to one.
Overall through 9 a.m. ET Thursday, 59% of Twitter users are calling Snowden a #Patriot versus 41% #Traitor. . . .
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