In one of the biggest news gaffes since the infamous Dewey Defeats Truman headline in the Chicago Tribune in 1948, both CNN and FOX News broadcast this morning that the Supreme Court had overturned the Affordable Care Act, when in fact, it did the opposite.
No one seemed surprised by the FOX News blunder, but people on Twitter didn't waste a second taking CNN to task.
The hashtag #CNNHeadlines sprung up to point out some other things they broadcast inaccurately, like "Breaking: Pope not Catholic."
Some of the best are below.
After Vice President Joe Biden said on TV that he was fine with gay marriage, the media started beating down the White House door demanding to know if Biden's statement meant President Barack Obama's views on the subject had finished "evolving."
Whether they had or hadn't is purely a matter of speculation, but Biden's statement resulted in the president being pressed to come out in favor of full marriage rights for all today.
That got people on Twitter wondering what else Biden might be able to blurt out in order to force the President's hand on hot-button issues. Those thoughts are currently being broadcast under the hashtag #FutureBidenGaffes.
A collection of some of the best are below:
Super-writer Neil Gaiman, the mind behind American Gods, the Sandman graphic novels, The Graveyard Book, and so much more, wants to write a short story with you.
Gaiman and several other prominent members of the Society of Authors will be collaborating with the twitterverse to pen new short stories during the next six weeks. The event, #WriterWednesday, will start this week with a line tweeted by award-winning crime novelist Ian Rankin, via the Society of Authors twitter account @Soc_of_Authors.
Anyone following the account has 30 minutes to respond with the next line. The author will then select his or her favorite and tweet that and so on and so on until the story is done. The next week, there will be a different author.
Send in a few lines and then sit back and wait for the royalty checks to start rolling in. But get some snacks, cause it might be awhile.
CNN is reporting that Fox News had one of its Twitter accounts hacked, and that hackers sent out fake tweets announcing President Obama's assassination.
Obama was "shot twice at a Ross' restaurant in Iowa while campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family," read one of several Twitter messages posted on @FoxNewsPolitics early Monday.
"We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there's light at the end of tunnel," the last in the series of tweets said later.
One of the false messages said, "it's a sad 4th of July ... The shooter will be found." That message encouraged Twitter users to repost the message on their own Twitter accounts, which would spread the fake news. Several users did just that.
FOX wrote a post on its site confirming the hacking and apologizing for it.
"Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated," it said. "Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family.
"The hacking is being investigated, and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created."
Sadly, Jon Stewart is on vacation this week.
Ignite Boise launches IB6 tonight at the Egyptian Theatre. This is the sixth iteration of the creative bomb-meets-Powerpoint-meets-informational speech confab that happens in Twittertime, which means each five-minute, 20-slide presentation is the 140-character version of what, in many cases, could be a dry 45-minute speech.
Tonight's lineup includes a bit on shaving (is it a necessity or a load of "Schick" ... talk amongst yourselves), one on the difference between living and existing as told by a felon, one presented on behalf of a 4-year-old Coonhound rescue dog, and one from some crazy dude whose handle is @ssutton and who plans to tell us about dressing up in black gowns with antlers attached to his head (full disclosure: BW claims that crazy dude as one of our own).
If you don't have a ticket, don't worry. Just show up and scope out a seat. It's free. Carve about three hours out of your schedule if you plan to stay for the whole shebang. General admission starts at 6:30 p.m. and things crank up at 7 p.m. Everyone who is just about anyone in the Twitterverse will be chirping away so search #IBR for the show that happens during the show.
Twitter certainly has its virtues—information dissemination, marketing, entertainment—but it can also suck a user into a dimension where time has no meaning. The twitterverse is a place where dishes go unwashed, laundry goes unfolded, dogs go unwalked, kids go un-picked-up from school, email goes unreturned and deadlines go un-met as reading someone's status updates leads to reading the updates of that person's followers and so on and so on and so on, right, Heather Locklear?
News outlets around the globe are scrambling to figure out this whole social networking thing.
Boise Weekly is among them, utilizing Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, among others. And while we do a respectable job at it, we're a little daunted by The New York Times' more than 3 million Twitter followers.
Sure, you could open a can from the store or get whatever Sysco dropped off at the cafe that they're calling "homemade," but you're still boxing your taste buds in creatively. And after that hard day at work you had, you deserve better. Soup deserves better.
What the true soupphile needs is a gaggle of chefs bringing the thunder with their most impressive recipes in a no-holds barred soup-off.
So today, since it's suitably nippy outside anyhow—soup weather—why not experience exactly that.
The second annual WCA Fundraiser Soup TweetUp and Silent Auction takes place until 8:30 p.m. at Moon's Kitchen Cafe, in downtown Boise. Ten chefs from some of Boise's finest restaurants will do everything they can to remove your socks with the rocking power of their soup, and you get to vote for the winner.
The price for this watery heaven? Nada. It's free sucka.
However a $5 donation is requested to benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance. And if you suck down the soup without ponying up the dough, you will officially be a bad person destined for a special hell.
Whilst souping it up, you can also peruse the variety of items available for sale via a silent auction to benefit the same cause.
A complete list of participating restaurants here.
Once the season is over, most cast members of American Idol go the route of the child star and disappear from the public consciousness.
But rather than throw in his lot with the has-beens and never-weres that the public so relishes in ignoring, Alex Lambert, a finalist for season nine, has apparently joined the ranks of another group the public does their best not to notice: the homeless.
And, in what is surely some sort of commentary about the way the Internet is changing society, he's tweeting about it. Homelessness 2.0., the dark Bieber.
A recent tweet thread ...
Alright so I didn't want to bring my person life to my fans but I'm about to freak out if I don't tell yall the truth!
Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings.I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go
back to texas and not do music! I'm usually a strong person but I can't take it anymore.
I've been goin to coffee shops and other stores so I can tweet to my snaf! Because to be honest! You guys are all I really have!
@SeattleBlank, IRL name Aaron Blank, is a PR consultant who lives and works in, where else, Seattle, Wash., and who keeps a close eye on social media/networking.
About 12 hours ago, @SeattleBlank started tweeting during a surgery taking place at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center using the hashtag #Swedish.
According to the hospital's Web site, the patient is a a 69-year-old man who is having a renal mass removed. The patient "consented to the live Twitter feed during his operation."
Updates have been regular and are at times general, at times specific. They are at times mundane, at times graphic.
"Incision of right side of flank. Provides access to kidney."
"What is @JamesPorterMD doing? Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy w/ da Vinci robot assist done retroperitoneal meaning from side/back #Swedish"
"MD is expanding retro space with balloon to get to spot. Balloon expands as he pumps up. Scope inside let's us see space #Swedish"
"MD ready for large camera and ready to dock da Vinci robot to assist surgery. #Swedish"
"What are we doing? #Swedish http://bit.ly/ai1JBq Swedish Hospital's first ever surgery from OR on Twitter."
"First view of kidney tumor on screen now! #Swedish"
"Here is another pic of the kidney tumor. http://tweetphoto.com/14729508"
If you're on Twitter, and interested in following the surgery or (gulp) looking at the photos, enter #Swedish in the search box.
It's a whole new world, kids.