Freelance Writer Gets Tons of Twitter Backlash for Tasteless Ariana Grande Jokes

Much of Twitter was in a stunned state of mourning as news spread about the terrorist attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert that left at least 19 dead in Manchester, England late Monday night. One user, however, figured the time was right for mockery–even as the horrific situation was still unfolding and the extent of the violence not yet clear. Freelance “reporter” David Leavitt tweeted the following just as the news broke: The site’s users swiftly took Leavitt to task:

“Who’s your 4chan correspondent?” (and other questions Storyful thinks newsrooms should be asking after the French election)

Efforts by online activists didn’t stop Emmanuel Macron from winning the French presidential election, but they were further proof that campaigns of misinformation, smears, and targeted leaks are now part and parcel of major democratic events. Pepe the frog may have been pronounced dead on May 8, but the movement that took cartoonist Matt Furie’s creation as its mascot lives on. As the dust settles on an extraordinary presidential campaign, here are some questions Storyful thinks newsrooms need to consider about how they will cover these new communication dynamics.

Who is your newsroom’s “4chan correspondent”?

Dismissing messaging sites such as 4chan as the preserve of disenchanted teenagers is no longer an option. During the French election, 4chan was where a number of campaigns targeting Macron were planned and coordinated. It was where documents purporting to link him to a Cayman Islands company were first published, and it was where Continue reading "“Who’s your 4chan correspondent?” (and other questions Storyful thinks newsrooms should be asking after the French election)"

Twitter Goes Nuts Over Picture Of Trump Touching a Suspicious, Glowing Orb

People on Twitter are losing their minds over an insanely viral photograph that has emerged from President Trump‘s visit to Saudi Arabia. Let’s get some context, shall we? Trump is still on his intercontinental diplomacy tour, and he met with King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi after giving an anti-terrorism speech in Riyadh. As part of today’s events, the three leaders joined together for the grand opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, a facility designed to monitor and combat online extremism. At one point, Trump, Salman, and al-Sissi toasted the center’s opening by putting their hands on a giant, glowing orb representing the globe. Pictures of the event made they’re way online, and people busted out their best jokes and Continue reading "Twitter Goes Nuts Over Picture Of Trump Touching a Suspicious, Glowing Orb"

White House Staffers Reportedly Held ‘Intervention’ to Get Trump to Tweet Less

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 6.17.26 PM A new report is saying that President Trump‘s advisers recently had a sit down with him and asked that he stop throwing out bombshells on Twitter. Wall Street Journal put out an article on Friday night which reports that aides held an “intervention” where they warned Trump not to tweet out any more incendiary or unsubstantiated messages. Indications suggest that Trump’s aides were worried that the president’s social media habits could eventually “paint him into a corner” that would legally and politically hurt him. Trump’s people were particularly concerned about the tweet where the president made the unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones of Trump Tower. The White House defended the tweet in the past by referring to surveillance activities under the Obama administration, though James Comey said there was no evidence for Trump’s claim two months ago. Trump has fired Comey since Continue reading "White House Staffers Reportedly Held ‘Intervention’ to Get Trump to Tweet Less"

Twitter Loses It When Louise Mensch Says ‘Marshal of the Supreme Court’ Told Trump About Impeachment

louise menschedited Now, we’ve covered former British politician and current conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch before. She’s made a name for herself in recent months by diving headlong into the Russia/Donald Trump collusion story. While it should be pointed out that she has proven to be prescient in the past about certain things, one look at her Twitter timeline and website will give you the impression that EVERYONE is caught up in the Russia web, leaving her credibility, let’s just say, in question. In this vein, she published a blockbuster blog post today that claimed that she’s been informed by multiple sources that President Trump was notified just before his foreign trip that a case of impeachment had begun.
Sources further say that the Supreme Court notified Mr. Trump that the formal process of a case of impeachment against him was begun, before he departed the country on Air Force One. The Continue reading "Twitter Loses It When Louise Mensch Says ‘Marshal of the Supreme Court’ Told Trump About Impeachment"

FLOTUS and Ivanka Trump Go Sans-Headscarf in Saudia Arabia After Trump Bashes Michelle Obama For Same Thing

Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as president. Naturally, he has wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump along with him. The Guardian and other outlets are reporting that the women aren’t covering their heads with scarves, which is totally fine. Hillary Clinton didn’t when she was Secretary of State. But wait… what’s this? Hmm, looks like he criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a scarf to cover her head while she was in Saudi Arabia two years ago. Could it be that his Continue reading "FLOTUS and Ivanka Trump Go Sans-Headscarf in Saudia Arabia After Trump Bashes Michelle Obama For Same Thing"