Building and Maintaining Spokesperson Credibility

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Mika Brzezinski, the host of MSNBC’s popular morning program ‘Morning Joe’, has announced earlier this week that Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to President Donald Trump, will be indefinitely blacklisted from appearing on their show due to her overall lack of credibility. Conway has been repeatedly giving statements at odds with the White House, which put her credibility in doubt.

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Membangun dan Mempertahankan Kredibilitas Narasumber

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“Morning Joe”, acara talkshow populer di MSNBC minggu ini melalui hostnya, Mika Brzezinski mengumumkan memasukkan Kellyanne Conway ke dalam daftar hitam dan tidak akan mengundang lagi penasihat utama Donald Trump tersebut ke dalam acaranya karena tidak kredibel. Conway berkali-kali memberikan pernyataan yang bertentangan dengan Gedung Putih, yang membuat kredibilitasnya diragukan. Read More

Ketika jaket Jokowi menyihir publik

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Demonstrasi besar-besaran terjadi pada Jumat (4/11/2016) pekan lalu. Aksi unjuk rasa itu berlangsung aman dan damai, awalnya, lalu berubah sedikit rusuh pada malam hingga menjelang subuh. Tapi tiba-tiba perhatian netizens berubah saat Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pada saat konferensi pers menyikapi demonstrasi itu, Sabtu dinihari. Mereka membicarakan bomber jacket yang dikenakan presiden.

Sepanjang Jumat itu, media sosial ramai oleh komentar para pengguna mengenai jalannya aksi unjuk rasa menolak penistaan agama oleh Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Ini terlihat dari kemunculan beberapa tagar, seperti #demo411, #demo4november, dan #obrolanpendemo.

Linimasa Twitter diwarnai oleh obrolan pengguna yang memberikan penghargaan pada demonstrasi yang berlangsung secara tertib dan damai. Beberapa orang membagikan foto-foto lautan pengunjuk rasa di sepanjang jalan MH Thamrin, Medan Merdeka, Monas, dan Istana Negara. Beberapa akun bahkan menyebarkan foto-foto peserta demo yang membawa kantong plastik untuk tempat sampah.

Akun @poetrimutiara menyatakan, “dan bersyukur #demo411 ini berlangsung aman, damai dan tertib..tidak spt kebykan org yg menganggap provokasi belaka atau kepentingan politik.”

https://twitter.com/poetrimutiara/status/794502449750913024

 

Akun @nihaqus menulis, “Slmt brdemo bg saudaraku ssama Muslim. Tunjukkan muka Islam yg damai bukan dengan sumpah serapah dan kata-kata yg tak mnyejukkan. #demo411

 

Akun @fahrul_anams menyatakan, “Alhamdulillah Demo Hari Ini Lancar Dan Damai, Seorang Bapak Bawa Kantong Plastik Shg Tdk Nyampah.”

https://twitter.com/fahrul_anams/status/794491274787069952

 

Suasana yang sedikit membuat nyaman warga kota sepanjang siang hingga sore hari berubah menegangkan selepas Isya, ketika sebagian peserta demonstrasi bertahan di depan pintu Istana dan mendesak untuk masuk. Padahal aturannya, semua bentuk demonstrasi harus berhenti pada pukul 18.00. Pengunjuk rasa ditahan oleh aparat keamanan. Terjadi saling dorong dan lempar botol air mineral. Keributan kian mencemaskan ketika terjadi pembakaran mobil polisi.

Gagal masuk Istana, sebagian peserta unjuk rasa pindah menuju ke gedung DPR di Senayan, melewati jalan protokol Sudirman. Ketika massa berdemonstrasi di sinilah, muncul kerusuhan di dua tempat berbeda, di kawasan Luar Batang dan Penjaringan. Ada sekelompok orang yang mencegat mobil dan menjarah sebuah toko swalayan. Namun kerusuhan tak sempat meluas. Otoritas keamanan bertindak sigap dan berhasil meredakan ketegangan.

Akun @RadioElshinta melaporkan, “LIVE NOW! Pangdam Jaya, Mayjen Teddy Lhaksamana : yang terjadi di Luar Batang, Jakut sdh dpt diatasi petugas, sdh aman, tdk usah khawatir.”

https://twitter.com/RadioElshinta/status/794561043921915904

 

Meski demikian, pada Jumat malam itu berseliweran rumor akan adanya kerusuhan dan penjarahan di tempat lain. Sebagian warga Jakarta mulai cemas. Mereka khawatir kerusuhan massal pada Mei 1998 akan terulang.

Muncullah tagar #SafetyCheckJkt di linimasa Twitter. Tanda pagar ini digunakan publik untuk mengetahui keadaan di seluruh pelosok Jakarta, mengecek mana daerah yang aman dan tidak.

Akun @Pandji menulis, “Pantau #safetycheckjkt utk mengetahui keadaan daerah2 di Jakarta.”

https://twitter.com/pandji/status/794555211452858368

 

Aksi demonstrasi di depan DPR terus berlangsung. Desas-desus kian merayap. Ketegangan memuncak. Tepat tengah malam, Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) menggelar konferensi pers. Dalam acara yang berlangsung kurang dari lima menit itu, Jokowi mengomentari beberapa hal, tentang aksi demonstrasi, sikapnya terhadap proses hukum Ahok, dan permintaan agar para pengunjuk rasa segera pulang ke rumah masing-masing.

Bagaimana reaksi di media sosial? Bukannya mengomentari isi pidato Jokowi, netizens justru membahas jaket yang dikenakan oleh presiden malam itu.

Akun @deroswunga berkomentar, “jadi hasil menyimak prescon dari bapak @jokowi ini adalah mencari tau merek dari jaket yang dipake oleh beliau.”

 

Akun @kmingyyu bertanya, “Jaket boomber yg dipake jokowi merek apa ya?”

https://twitter.com/kmingyyu/status/794739262176403460

 

Aku @miund menyebut, “yes, it was Pull & Bear, people. chill. “

 

Sedangkan menurut @bangaip, “bomber jacket-nya jokowi zara kayaknya ya.”

 

Karena terjadi perdebatan di linimasa, akun @amrazing menggelar japat (polling), “Oke. Mari selesaikan dengan polling: apa merk jaket pake jokowi?

 

Pembicaraan makin seru ketika putra Jokowi yang memiliki akun @kaesangp menulis, “Yg pengen tau jaketnya beli dmn, silahkan mampir @markobar1996 @MOMMILK_SOLO @CeKopi @Pastabuntel @CakarDheer @Chilli_Pari dulu.”

 

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Mengapa para pengguna media sosial lebih suka membahas jaket yang dipakai Jokowi?

Akun @teguhwicaksono menjawab, “karena lelah sama informasi negatif di momen itu, begitu ada yang berpotensi bisa jadi lucu-lucuan langsung gampang terdistribusi.”

 

Akun @devieriana menulis, “karena sudah pada bosen rusuh, dan butuh piknik.”

 

Akun @thinpices “Uda eneg lihat mereka2 yang menggunakan agama untuk kepentingan politik.”

 

Akun @amasna menjawab, “karena perlu penyegaran.”

 

Akun @arundhatishint_ menulis, “karena jaket pak presiden lagi hits dikalangan anak muda setahun belakangan ini …”

https://twitter.com/arundhatishint_/status/795460951537422336

 

Akun @DollySW menyatakan, “Soalnya bikin penasaran dan akhirnya beli, termasuk saya.”

https://twitter.com/DollySW/status/795461262482149376

 

Percakapan tentang jaket Jokowi membuat tiga toko Zara yang di tiga mal Jakarta, yakni Pondok Indah Mall, Grand Indonesia dan Plaza Indonesia, kehabisan stok bomber jacket dalam tempo satu hari.

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Cepatnya perubahan pembicaraan dari isu demonstrasi ke jaket Jokowi mencerminkan bagaimana anak Indonesia berpikir dan bereaksi terhadap perkembangan politik dan kekerasan di sekitarnya. Benarkah mereka sudah bosan pada politik dan mencari topik lain yang lebih menarik? Apakah menurut mereka perkara busana lebih penting daripada urusan negara?

Foto: Antara dan @bangaip

The explosive power of Jokowi’s jacket

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Jakarta ground to a halt when tens of thousands staged a protest demonstration outside the Presidential Palace last Friday. The protest was mostly peaceful but when the sun went down there were some sporadic incidents of violence, raising for some the specter of the riots of 1998.

All Friday, the day of the demonstration, Netizens were focused on the goings on at the demonstration but shortly after midnight after President Jokowi held a press conference about the demonstration, the focus shifted dramatically to an unlikely object. Jokowi’s jacket.

Throughout Friday, social media was filled with comments from users with hashtags such as #demo411, #demo4november, and #obrolanpendemo.

Twitter was full of praises for the demonstrators for conducting their protest in an orderly and peaceful manner. Some shared photographs of the ocean of protesters on Jalan MH Thamrin, Merdeka Square, the National Monument, and around the National Palace. Others posted photographs of volunteers carrying plastic bags for trash.

@poetrimutiara said he was, “grateful that #demo411 proceeded safely, peacefully and orderly even though most people thought they would be merely provocative or acting on behalf of political interests.”

https://twitter.com/poetrimutiara/status/794502449750913024

 

@nihaqus wrote: “Greetings to my Muslim brothers who are joining the rally. Show the face of Islam that is peaceful, not the one that is full of curses and inflammatory words. # Demo411 ”

https://twitter.com/nihaqus/status/794370599103496192

 

@fahrul_anams added: “Thank God Today’s demo was smooth and peaceful. A man is also seen carrying plastic garbage banks so that there is no littering.”

https://twitter.com/fahrul_anams/status/794491274787069952

 

The amicable feeling about the demonstration turned tense after evening prayers when some of the demonstrators massed outside the entrance to the presidential palace and insisted on being let in. The police permit they had obtained had stipulated that they needed to disperse at 6 PM. Some protesters were detained by the security forces. This was followed by the shoving and throwing of water bottles at the police. The commotion increased when some police cars were torched.

Denied entry into the palace, some demonstrators moved toward the parliament building in Senayan via Jalan Sudirman. As a crowd massed there two riots broke out in Luar Batang and Penjaringan. There was a group of people who intercepted cars and looted a supermarket. But the police acted swiftly and the unrest was contained soon after without a chance of spreading.

@RadioElshinta reported: “LIVE NOW! Jakarta Military Commander, Major General Teddy Lhaksamana: Officers have pacified Luar Batang, it is now safe, don’t worry.”

https://twitter.com/RadioElshinta/status/794561043921915904

 

In spite of this the rumors flew fast and furious that there was riots and looting had broken out elsewhere, worrying some Jakarta residents that they may see a repeat of the 1998 riots.

At this juncture Netizens introduced the #SafetyCheckJkt hashtag on Twitter, so that all users can inform each other which areas are safe and which not.

@Pandji wrote: “Monitor #safetycheckjkt to know the status of places in in Jakarta.”

https://twitter.com/pandji/status/794555211452858368

 

In spite of this rumors kept flying and tensions escalated. Then, at midnight President Jokowi held a press conference that lasted five minutes.

Jokowi assured everyone that things were under control. He spoke about the demonstrations and the legal process that Ahok would have to undergo. He also urged all demonstrators that were still on the streets to return home.

What was the reaction on social media? Instead of commenting on the content of the speech, Netizens focused instead on the jacket worn by the president that night.

@deroswunga: “The conclusion from listening to @jokowi’s press conference: finding out the brand of the jacket worn by him.”

https://twitter.com/deroswunga/status/794596646604525568

 

@kmingyyu asked, “what is the brand of Jokowi’s bomber jacket?”

https://twitter.com/kmingyyu/status/794739262176403460

 

@miund had an answer: “yes, it was Pull & Bear, people. chill. ”

https://twitter.com/miund/status/794593509898522625

 

@bangaip, however thought differently: “His bomber jacket was from Zara, I think.”

https://twitter.com/bangaip/status/794592088671199232

 

To settle this difference of opinion @amrazing had a japat (Indonesian for poll): “Okay. Let’s settle this with a poll: what brand was Jokowi’s jacket?”

https://twitter.com/aMrazing/status/794602965566795776

 

The obsession with Jokowi’s jacket went up a notch when his son Kaesang (@kaesangp) wrote: “Anyone wants to know where to buy the jacket check out @ markobar1996 @MOMMILK_SOLO @CeKopi @Pastabuntel @Chilli_Pari @CakarDheer.”

https://twitter.com/kaesangp/status/794735215272869888

 

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Why were Netizens so engrossed with Jokowi’s jacket?

@teguhwicaksono said: “Because people are tired of the same tired, negative information so any amusing distraction is welcomed.”

https://twitter.com/teguhwicaksono/status/795459803304763392

 

@devieriana wrote:”Because we are bored with violence and need a picnic.”

https://twitter.com/devieriana/status/795468631261859840

 

@thinpices “Tired of seeing those who use religion for political purposes.”

https://twitter.com/thinspices/status/795462177570242561

 

@amasna said: “because the situation needs some refreshing.”

https://twitter.com/amasna/status/795461121813553152

 

@arundhatishint_ wrote, “because the jacket the President wore has been a hit among youths this past year.”

https://twitter.com/arundhatishint_/status/795460951537422336

 

@DollySW Account states, “Because it made people curious. In the end I bought the jacket.”

https://twitter.com/DollySW/status/795461262482149376

 

The jacket conversations were a windfall for three Zara outlets in Pondok Indah Mall, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia where their entire stocks of Jokowi bomber jackets were sold out. cwb1ratveaera6v

This priority of trivia over serious issues is an interesting reflection of how the young people in Indonesia think and react to politics and violence around them. Are they so jaded by the politicking that they need to seek other distractions? Or are they so shallow-minded that a garment takes precedence over important affairs of the State?

 

Photo: Antara and @bangaip

 

 

Public Cautiousness Increases as Hoaxes Spread in Numbers

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Hoaxes that spread on the internet are increasing in numbers these days; from one account to another, through various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Most of the information revolved around the protest at the State Palace on November 4th 2016. The public, however, are getting more cautious.

The protest -attended by various mass organizations- is triggered by a comment from the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) which was deemed to be blasphemous. Police investigation is currently underway to determine the case.

The hoaxes that were spread around in social media during the last month stated stated there will be major riots in several location namely the City Hall, National Monument (Monas), Bekasi, Tangerang, etc.

On WhatApp and Facebook, a letter allegedly from the vice commander of Indonesian Police Paramilitary Unit (Brigade Mobil or Brimob) instructing intelligence and security unit to prepare for the protest today.

The Indonesian police have stated in their official Twitter account that the letter is only a hoax. The Public Affairs Division of Indonesian Police account (@DivHumasPolri) also issued a statement that the public should not get provoked by unconfirmed chain messages.

Another hoax post even included a slideshow that was allegedly made by The Chief of Police, Tito Karnavian. The content shows that Tito asked his men to interrogate Amien Rais, politician from the National Mandate Party (PAN) regarding the Jakarta Governor election. The Police have dismissed this hoax as well.

A netizen, @AmbarNingsing stated, “be careful of Hoax news cc@DivHumasPolri.”

Looking at today’s development, we can see that social media users seem to learn from the past. They can differentiate between valid information and a hoax. They also remind their friends to not to trust every information that was spread on social media and chat applications such as WhatsApp.

Margiyono, Telkom Commissioner (@akumegi) wrote, “Beware of hoax!”

@KawanuaProAhok wrote, “Istiqlal is empty. Jakartans should not get provoked by hoax news #nggakikutdemo. (I am not coming to the rally)”

@Joe_Lumelle reminds, “Be careful there’s a lot slanders in social media. Make sure you read news from credible sources.”

The collective effort to prevent the hoax from spreading and to cool the atmosphere during the rally has pushed the netizen to spread messages of peace, posters, and memes instead.

Muhammad Guntur Romli (@GunRomli), an avid Ahok supporter stated, ”I won’t join the rally because when Ahok is getting attacked with Koran Verse Al-Maidah 51 during the Banga Belitung election, Gus Dur neutralise the situation with Koran Verse Al-Hujurat 13. Al Fatihah for Gus Dur.”

@Newsaedong stated, “if you hate the people that has a different religion than yours, then you actually worship the religion not Allah – Gus Dur #nggakikutdemo (I am not coming to the rally).”

https://twitter.com/newsaedong/status/794103339277492224

@DyahAyu21 stated, “You can demonstrate but please be wise ….#JakartakuDamai (Peaceful Jakarta).”

https://twitter.com/dyahayu21/status/794395517627219968

@asevmuslimovic wrote, ”I’m just going to chill at the back of my home #nggakikutdemo (I am not coming to the rally).”

https://twitter.com/asevmuslimovic/status/794361775688814592

Some netizens also created a parody hashtag #BakalIkutDemo (I am coming to the rally) that makes it to the Trending Topic to cool off the timeline.

One of them is written by @CicihMel, “#BakalIkutDemo if the one getting demonstrated are those who put “getting fatter” as their caption but they’re as skinny as a rake @bayu_joo @daraprayoga.”

https://twitter.com/CicihMel/status/793780209136783360

@Oktorairahadi wrote, “#BakalIkutDemo we’ll be attending.” While posting a picture which consisted the list of street hawkers often present during demonstration.

https://twitter.com/oktorairahadi/status/793808599919177729

Even though hoaxes are here to stay, especially during major events, we can see that the public has gotten annoyed and has started to reject it. They don’t want to get deceived by false information and spread panic.

This is much like written by @ariston_boy, “We, the people, are smart. We’re not getting provoked by cheap issue #JihadGwKerja (My Jihad is Working).”

https://twitter.com/ariston_boy/status/793989623605264384

Social media is a double-edged sword. It provides information, and at some points it overloaded you with information. Hoax is the residue of this information. Each one of us needs the maturity and literacy to understand, so we won’t spread hoaxes that could lead to panic.

Did the Horse make a monkey out of SBY?

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It might be the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese cosmology but where Indonesians are concerned this might as well be the Year of the Horse.

Hot on the heels of the show of Equestrian Diplomacy by Jokowi and Prabowo on Monday, canters in a new horsey concept “Lebaran Kuda” (Literally, the holy day of Eid for Horses).

The phrase sent Netizens into hysterics and propelled Lebaran Kuda and Pak SBY into Trending Topics on Twitter all Wednesday.

The source of all this mirth came from a press conference held by Democratic party Head and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his country home in Cikeas.

He told the media that the Government needed to listen to the aspirations of the people who would be demonstrating on November 4 to demand that Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama or Ahok, be legally prosecuted for disrespecting islam.

Yudyohono said that the huge demonstration must have a cause. If this is not accommodated there will be further demonstrations. “Probably this is because the protesters felt that their complaints haven’t been heard. If their complaints are not heard we will have demonstrations until the cows come home (Ok, this is tricky, the equivalent English phrase is “till the cows come home” but in Indonesian it is usually expressed in using another animal, the monkey as in Lebaran Monyet or the Eid of Monkeys).

Yudohono’s choice of animal, the horse as in Lebaran Kuda, reaped scorn and derision from Netizens. As far as Indonesians are concerned there are two official “eid” holidays Idulfitri and Iduladha. Colloquially Indonesians jokingly use the phrase “Lebaran Monyet” but no one says Lebaran Kuda.

“From before I know only of Lebaran Monyet. I’ve only known that there’s a Lebaran Kuda from SBY :000,” says X-catra

 

@annisanggaraa wrote: “Because Pak SBY owns a lebaran kuda yihaa

 

@buset1975 came up with a meme and wrote: “Wow! We are about to have a Lebaran Kuda.”

 

@digembok was more acidic: “Selamat Hari Raya Lebaran Kuda -dinasti cikeas #SBYPanik

 

Cynicism and derision that appeared most probably because the netizens felt that Yudhoyono’s statement was aimed at helping his eldest son,Harimurti Agus Yudhoyono (AHY) who is one of the candidates contesting the upcoming gubernatorial elections against Ahok.

According to several polls, Argus’s popularity is just below Ahok so if Ahok was taken out of the race through being found guilty of blasphemy, Agus’s electoral chances will be greatly enhanced.

Andika M Halimaking (@KeongKecill) observed: “Maybe SBY is afraid of his son losing and that’s why he came down the mountain :v. Still lacking 10 years #SBYsudahlah

 

Yudhoyono supporters and sympathisers, however, wasted no time telling Netizens not to be affected by jokes about Lebaran Kuda. SBY, they said, was only reminding law enforment officers

To process the allegations of blaspheny against Ahok. So he should not be bullied.

@antikonsultanpr wrote: “So now we have a scenario in which the government’s political consultants want to spin it so that SBY is blamed for Ahok’s prosecution. You guys are crazy…”

 

Idan Setyawan (@Bangsa2000) added: “There are forces that want to corner SBY after his eldest son makes progress in the gubernatorial elections. Looks like fear and panic has begun to spread.”

 

Others said that it can’t be denied that SBY’s statement has the potential of raising political tensions since he seemed to support the contention that Ahok is guilty of blasphemy and eligible to be sentenced. As a national figure and the head of a political party SBY would be better off adopting a neutral rather than provocative position regarding Ahok.

Such views were forwarded by people such as LIPI senior political analyst Syamsuddin Haris @sy_haris (4.800 followers): . “In a an atmosphere of heightening political tensions political and religious leaders should issue statements to calm people down, not provoke them”

 

All this raises important questions on the role of ex Presidents in an atmosphere of heightening political tensions surrounding the gubernatorial elections.

Was SBY right to speak up so that then law would be enforced? Was he doing it to increase the electoral chances of his son? Or did he step out of line and added to the problems rather than help solve them?

What do you think?

 

Diplomasi Kuda ala Jokowi dan Prabowo

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Kami melanjutkan serial tulisan tentang apa yang terjadi di media sosial. Hari ini Ndoro Kakung menulis tentang reaksi netizen terhadap diplomasi kuda Jokowi.

By Ndoro Kakung

Presiden Joko Widodo berkunjung ke rumah Ketua Umum Partai Gerindra Prabowo Subianto di Bojong Koneng, Bogor, Senin (31/10/2016). Pertemuan kedua elite politik tersebut membuat riuh ranah media sosial.

Pertemuan dua seteru politik pada pemilihan presiden 2014 ini adalah yang kedua. Kata kunci “Prabowo” bahkan sempat masuk dalam daftar trending topic Twitter dari pagi hingga malam kemarin. Sebagian besar netizens menyambut positif pertemuan dua elit politik yang pernah bersaing dalam Pemilu Presiden 2014, meski ada juga yang memaknai lebih jauh pertemuan tersebut.

Baik pendukung Jokowi maupun Prabowo, terlihat senang menyaksikan kedua tokoh yang secara politik berseberangan itu pun sampai sekarang masih menjalin hubungan yang baik, tanpa konflik besar. Nara pendukung Jokowi juga menafsirkan pertemuan itu sebagai langkah politik presiden yang brilian.

Akun @zie_ananta misalnya mengaku begini, “Pak @jokowi @prabowo saya senang lihat foto ini, saya takut naik kuda, tapi saya suka topi bapak berdua .”

Akun @Yosefen_A bahkan menilai, “Jokowi ke hambalang itu ibarat jenderal perang ke tempat musuh berkemah. Ngetes nyali komandan lawan.”

Ada yang mengatakan Indonesia beruntung memiliki Jokowi dan Prabowo, karena selama ini para elite politik yang pernah berseteru jarang melakukan silaturahmi, tidak saling berkunjung ke kediaman resmi masing-masing. Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono dan Presiden Megawati, misalnya, belum pernah berjumpa lagi dalam suasana yang akrab sejak Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat itu mengalahkan Ketua Umum PDIP itu dalam pemilihan presiden 2004.

Dari sisi komunikasi politik, safari politik Jokowi ke rumah Prabowo boleh dikatakan berhasil, dengan respons Netizen yang melihat Jokowi menunjukkan kepada publik bahwa hubungan baik dengan lawan politik masih tetap terjaga, bukan dengan retorika belaka, tetapi juga dengan kunjungan langsung ke rumahnya. Ini semakin menegaskan citra bahwa Jokowi adalah figur yang bertindak, bukan berbicara.

Akun Twitter @ubegebe1 yang memiliki lebih dari 13 ribu pengikut bahkan menyebut Jokowi sedang melakukan politik ‘high context’. Jokowi menemui Prabowo. Dilanjutkan dengan SBY menemui Wiranto.

 

Keberhasilan langkah Jokowi bisa dilihat dari turunnya ketegangan di kalangan pengguna media sosial yang selama ini terbelah dalam dua kubu, yang sejak pemilu presiden 2014 hingga sekarang, saling serang di media sosial.

Bahkan publik percaya bahwa diplomasi kuda Jokowi-Prabowo akan menurunkan suhu politik nasional, seperti yang ditwitkan oleh akun mantan pengurus Golkar Indra J Piliang, @IndraJPiliang. “Diplomasi naik kuda yg dilakukan Pak Jokowi dan Pak Prabowo bakal jadi suhu pendingin udara politik yg kini memanas. Lakukan dialog!”

 

Baik kubu pendukung Jokowi maupun Prabowo, sama-sama menyebut keduanya sebagai negarawan yang lebih mengutamakan kepentingan bangsa dibanding kepentingan pribadi.

@ferrywar (Arsitek Ferry Wardiman) menyebut peristiwa itu sebagai, “ Satu langkah rendah hati Jokowi, disambut dengan sikap positif kenegarawanan Prabowo, cukup membuat terlihat siapa yang di luar kalangan.”

 

Akun @DheaMerlinda mengatakan, “Kami bangga Padamu jendral,sikap kenegarawanan yg patut d contoh.Walau d khianati tp tdk menyimpan dendam.@prabowo

 

Sedangkan Arief Pribadi Lubis, penyiar Radio Most Medan pemilik akun @arief_badil, mengatakan Pak Jokowi sungguh seorang negarawan yang rendah hati yang menyempatkan waktu sowan ke Pak Prabowo

 

Reaksi positif itu besar kemungkinan juga dipengaruhi oleh laporan media dan foto-foto pertemuan yang menggambarkan suasana santai, akrab, kekeluargaan, dan penuh canda.

Suasana santai itu bisa dibaca dari laporan akun resmi milik Kantor Staf Presiden @KSPgoid. “Suasana akrab sangat terasa saat Presiden @jokowi bersilaturahim dengan @prabowo di kediamannya, Bojong Koneng, Bogor #BertemuPrabowo

Banyaknya pengguna media sosial yang membagikan foto-foto Jokowi dan Prabowo naik kuda bersama itu menegaskan kepiawaian komunikasi politik tim pendukung Jokowi, baik melalui bahasa tubuh dan foto-foto –semua dengan dukungan media sosial.

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Photo: Kantor Staff Presiden