Did A CNN Host Tweet Something Bad About A Fellow CNN Host?

There’s nothing media reporters like more than drama and gossip, which made this instantly-deleted tweet from CNN’s Brian Stelter very curious indeed, writes Gawker:

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Stelter tweeted that out hours ago and quickly deleted it, but that didn’t stop everyone from wondering what the heck that was about.

Gawker took note of the tweet earlier, starting speculation about what Stelter could have meant about his CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer.

Stelter apologized later for the apparent error several times on Twitter, and several times stated it was an accident

@brianstelter Don’t you work for the same network?

@zkempner yes. i had copy & pasted someone else’s words and then accidentally tweeted it. i’m a twitter dunce, but, a fan of wolf.



Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘Pledge Of Allegiance’ Comment

Secular Talk

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist who served as the host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century version of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series.  He is the director of New Yorks’s Hayden planetarium and has served on various Aerospace commissions for the U.S. government.

The show began in March 2014 and ran thirteen episodes in Primetime on the FOX network, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. It has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.

Recently, deGrasse Tyson made some comments on Twitter that raised eyebrows among some and received nasty replies.  But were they true?

Sense Any Racism Around The Academy Awards?

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The internet was a-twitter with racially-charged tweets on Oscar night.

The response by conservative cultural and political writers to the subject of race and gender at the 87th Academy Award ceremony was less than ideal, according to Raw Story.

Breitbart Hollywood’s Editor-at-Large John Nolte, for example, aimed to prove that liberals are the real racists by tracking every time anyone applauded anything related to the film Selma.



Joe Biden Preparing To Run For President: Rupert Murdoch Via Twitter


This could be good news for Democrats wanting a choice.

According to Bloomberg, on Sunday, Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to share his own insights on how the Democratic field may be shaping up.

He tweeted: “Guess what! Joe Biden actively preparing to run against Hillary. Maybe others like Kerry.”

Murdoch gave no details on how he had come upon the knowledge that Vice President Biden, and possibly Clinton’s successor at the State Department, would challenge Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll of Iowa Democrats released over the weekend found Biden coming in a distant third place to Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Biden received just nine percent support in the poll, while Clinton was the first choice of 56 percent of those surveyed.

Last week, Good Morning America host George Stephanopolous asked “Uncle Joe” whether he would seek the Democratic nomination, and Biden left the possibility open.

“Yes, there is a chance,” Biden said. “But I haven’t made my mind up about that. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then. There’s plenty of time.”

Left And Right Presidential Campaign Social Media Bureaucracy

According to Mitt Romney’s digital integration director Caitlin Checkett, “…whether it was a tweet, Facebook post, blog post, photo — anything you could imagine — it had to be sent around to everyone for approval. Towards the end of the campaign that was 22 individuals who had to approve it. … The digital team unfortunately did not have the opportunity to think of things on their own and post them.”

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Report: 22 Staffers Would Check Romney’s Tweets Prior To Releasing Them

This isn’t necessarily a new story, but it is entertaining…

According to Slate, “As many as 22 staffers screened posts for his social media accounts during his 2012 presidential campaign.”

And according to another article by Slate, Mitt Romney’s “…campaign has certainly been paying Twitter for promoted tweets—though that’s a legitimate advertising practice meant to attract genuine followers, not bots, and doesn’t usually lead to such a rapid spike. There are services out there that offer to artificially pump up your Twitter following for a price (including some that pay real people to follow certain accounts). And if a former Newt Gingrich staffer is to be believed, Romney’s campaign wouldn’t be the first to avail itself of that option. (Gingrich campaign officials denied the charge, though an analysis of his followers seemed to substantiate it.)”

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Twitter Hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite

As a protest to the the grand jury not indicting the policeman who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner in New York, whites started telling about their own experiences with police officers under the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite.

Under the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag, people would post stories of being let go by police or given lenient treatment after they were caught doing something apparently unlawful.

Can people get into trouble for admitting to wrongdoing online?

According to FastCompany, Marc Costa, a New Jersey police officer and CEO of law enforcement startup MIR Systems, said of police:  “If you’re looking for someone, you check Facebook. You look for acquaintances and local friends you know a person hangs out with. Twitter is the same thing—we use it to follow timelines and track peoples’ actions. You can’t use it solely as evidence but you can use it as part of an investigation.”

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McConnell Tweeted PACs Illegally

According to CNN, “Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

“…The profiles were publicly available but meaningless without knowledge of how to find them and decode the information, according to a source with knowledge of the activities.”

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MSNBC wrote:  “At least two outside groups and a Republican campaign committee had access to the information posted to the accounts, according to the source. They include American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove; American Action Network, a nonprofit advocacy group, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is the campaign arm for the House GOP.

“Just minutes after Moody asked the National Republican Congressional Committee about the scheme, the Twitter accounts were quickly deleted.

“And that doesn’t seem suspicious at all.

“The real trouble…is with the cypher. Using our hypothetical, if you’re the operative and I’m the super PAC staffer, and you publish the tweet for me to read, you might plausibly be able to argue that you weren’t deliberately sending me secret info, since your Twitter message was available to literally anyone who knew where to look.”