Could Ida Tarbell bust Standard Oil on Twitter?

Ida TarbellDave Winer on Twitter: 

I wonder why press people have trouble seeing that news is what's happening there. Sure there's a lot of other stuff on Twitter -- they focus on that instead. I leave it to the investigative journalists to figure out why.
Wonder what muckraking investigative reporter Ida Tarbell would make of Twitter?

"Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists -- with it all things are possible."  -- Ida M. Tarbell

That actually sort of fits into Winer's thoughts in Why it matters that Twitter is a news platform.

(Photo was taken between 1910--1930 and is a Library of Congress photo.)