A civil dialogue: Actor Don Cheadle talks to conservatives on Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/ToniAnnSL/status/187740720533217281

Tonight, Twitchy spotlighted actor Don Cheadle’s Twitter criticism of NBC’s handling of its doctored 911/Zimmerman tapes.

Cheadle continued the conversation with conservatives on Twitter who praised his candor. It’s clear he’s not a conservative himself — he says he “likes” Al Sharpton and took some swipes at Fox News. But his willingness to engage and his glimpses of independent thought set him apart from the rest of the Hollywood vigilantes.

A sample of the dialogue with Twitchy founder Michelle Malkin and others:

@Pablo4200 @NAIRNhigginson @michellemalkin I doubt the narrative would be the same. And you won't hear me banging on Sharpton. I like him.

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

@michellemalkin You may not be able to change your opinion of him but he has about many things. Read up. We still need those who will bellow

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

@michellemalkin about injustices. His compass may not always point true but I value that over one that points south or not at all.

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

@ChrisHolfelder @michellemalkin play me a sound-bite from this century and I will…

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

.@IamDonCheadle @ChrisHolfelder Sharpton's incitement during the Sean Bell tragedy was only four years ago: http://t.co/LuT7dJvp

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 5, 2012

@IamDonCheadle I am very encouraged by ur willingness to engage. You will get a lot of crap for that & pressure to condemn ppl like me…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 5, 2012

@IamDonCheadle Well, that's a huge distinction that many on your side fail to make. Appreciate that you make it.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 5, 2012

@NAIRNhigginson @michellemalkin Brutalized? Really? And a black republican should expect some heat.

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

Damn. Somebody rebuilt my box. Goodnight Tweeters left, right and middle. May your children stay safe and may we ALL find some common ground

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

@michellemalkin "Expect" doesn't mean "should."

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

Oh, and righties, I don't hate you but I ain't a new recruit.

— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) April 5, 2012

Don't worry. No illusions. RT @IamDonCheadle Oh, and righties, I don't hate you but I ain't a new recruit.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 5, 2012

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Reax:

I recommend all my tweeps check out tonight's Twitchat between @MichelleMalkin and @IamDonCheadle. Great stuff.

— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) April 5, 2012

Thanks @iamDonCheadle @michellemalkin that kind of convo is one of the really nice things about twitter…

— Scott Warmka (@thetrog) April 5, 2012

Disagreement and debate with intelligence, honesty, and openness. Kudos to both @michellemalkin & @iamdoncheadle.

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) April 5, 2012

I think @michellemalkin and @IamDonCheadle are having the most interesting Twitter Conversation

— Hi My Name is Jill (@jillgarcia0721) April 5, 2012

no, see, @IamDonCheadle we are so shocked when a celebrity says something intelligent, we kinda make a big deal of it. cc: @michellemalkin

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) April 5, 2012

@michellemalkin aw. I felt a little hope for the world reading that conversation with you and mr cheadle. It was civil and intelligent

— Andrew Ramsaran (@djmashup2009) April 5, 2012

Enjoying the conversation on Twitter between @IamDonCheadle and @michellemalkin – 'truth doesn't need help' and left & right can communicate

— Dan Olson (@daningo) April 5, 2012