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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Hey Guy Adams, where are the anti-NBC tweets?


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Guy Adams, the formerly Twitter-banned correspondent for The Independent of London, has penned what we might hope is his last dispatch on his two-day banishment from the social-media microblogging.

Adams makes clear that he’s still awaiting an explanation of how his tweet outing the corporate e-mail address of NBC Olympics big shot Gary Zenkel violated the platform’s rules:

Twitter has not yet explained how exactly the tweet that led to my suspension is supposed to have broken its “privacy policy,” which forbids users from posting “private email addresses” but says nothing about corporate email addresses, which is what I had actually shared.

Could be a concern.

But here’s a bigger one. What on earth happened to all of Adams’s anti-NBC venom? Before his banishment, he was afire with condemnations of the network, like when he called NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell a “professional idiot.” Or when he asked, “Is car advertising an Olympic sport? There’s been little else on NBC today.”

Compare that to his post-reinstatement Twitter performance, which consists of promoting his media appearances about his bout with Twitter and NBC and some other random thoughts, like this bit of off-topicness: “Lawyers for Warner Bros. want to stop people selling old DVDs on Amazon http://bit.ly/MyCYIt They’ll be shutting down car boot sales next”

Though Adams did blast out a recent tweet about the delayed broadcast of a cycling time trial, it wasn’t what we’d come to expect from what Deadspin called NBC’s No. 1 critic.

What’s happened. Has censorship affected Guy Adams? Adams on that:

Not at all — I’ve just been too busy to actually try to watch the Olympics. Which means I haven’t had much time (today’s cycling aside) to pass comment on it,
Aside from fielding endless calls/ emails/interview requests, and turning round a tonne of copy for our news pages, I’ve got a big piece to write for our Saturday magazine, on something entirely unrelated to Twitter/NBC which is due to be filed tonight. So I need to devote my day to writing rather than Tweeting.
That said, no-one likes a moaner or a bore, so once I do get back in the saddle, please don’t expect my Twitter feed to be a non-stop critique of NBC. I’ll go back to being the same as it has been for most of the rest of the past four or five years.

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