Washington DC was all in a tizzy about a high-level resignation that was announced today by the White House. It was not, though, what the New York Times said it was.
To the great joy of Republicans everywhere, the New York Times announced Barack Obama was calling it quits.
“Live video: Obama resignation press conference here,” @nytpolitics tweeted, which was immediately followed up by tweets by those both glad to see Obama gone and making jokes at the obvious oops.
For the record, Attorney General Eric Holder was the one resigning, which the New York Times quickly stated in a correction to their ill-formed tweet.
Yet, the New York Times was not the only one regretting a tweet this week. On Monday, Republican Donald Trump managed to mix up the House and the Senate with this tweet in support of the re-election of Mitch McConnell:
To no one’s surprise, Trump said he was not responsible for the error, but instead blamed it on a stranger saying in his correction, “Someone unknown tweeted incorrectly that I’m for Sen. Mitch @McConnellPress for speaker. I’m supporting him for Senate Majority Leader.”
Of course, since Trump apparently has the habit of handing off his Twitter account to mystery people, the ‘someone unknown’ may have also written the correction, but it seems likely both tweets came from Trump (or his known staff) all along.
Even these Twitter blunders, though, pale in comparison to a particularly egregious case of bad tweeting.
On Wednesday, Twitter bots started tweeting off-color jokes about Michael J. Fox.
One said, “A blind folded Michael J Fox could wrap presents better than me,” while another one said, “Make all the jokes about Michael J. Fox that you want but he still makes the best damn milkshakes, hands down,” both references to Fox’s Parkinson Disease.
As Michael J. Fox began to trend on Twitter, some speculated he must have died, leading to a whole new series of tweetable rumors.
Eventually, Fox stopped trending and the jokes came to a halt, but not before one Twitter user tweeted out this in frustration:
At least the New York Times and the ‘unknown tweeter’ with access to Trump’s account made honest mistakes. Robert L. Anderson was right. The Michael Fox trend-causing jokes were just flat out mean.
Photo Credits: Twitter, Public Domain (Obama Photo)