Last week, we brought you criminals so stupid they shouldn’t have been allowed to have Facebook accounts. This week,we continue our examination of people too dumb to social network with the most logical next step: politicians.
We’ve all read or heard about political gaffes large and small; politicians have been putting their feet in their very large mouths since the dawn of politics. What’s unique about this day and age is that our, ahem, esteemed elected officials have a nearly unlimited platform on which to say silly, offensive or downright wrong things – the Internet. And specifically, Twitter.
But unlike real life, Twitter does have a delete button. And occasionally (or rather, all the time) someone catches sight of a numbskull political tweet and tells whoever posted it to take it down. So unless we’re constantly glued to Twitter (and let’s be real, we are a lot of the time) we might miss these gem-like gifts from the gods of hilarity, these bizarre or inaccurate or misspelled or just plain boneheaded little missives.
Enter the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops. As the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, the new tool will scan the Twitter accounts of every member of Congress, plus President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and figure out when Tweets have been deleted or edited. It will then compile those changed or vanished tweets on its website for everyone to see. As the Sunlight Foundation’s blog explains, in addition to being amusing for those who love to see politicians squirm, Politwoops serves as a window into how our political machine operates, what thoughts get censored and what your elected officials don’t want you to see.
In browsing the site, we’ve come across a few general categories of deleted tweets:
- The Meta
You know what else has been deleted? Jobs in the Obama economy. Where are the jobs? #politwoops
- The Rant
When did Republicans start supporting hate-crime legislation?http://t.co/4dJV5pGi. #hypocrisy
- The “Didn’t Anyone Every Teach You About Quotation Marks”?
“She expressed “cautious optimism” about changes as the quasi-civilian government has taken steps toward democracy”
- The TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
RT @FeedIowa1st: @BruceBraley Is there anyway to make the IRS move faster we filed 501C3 in Jan and they are proccessing Sep 2011 We nee …
- THE CAPS LOCK
SENATORS SNOWE, COLLINS ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.6 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MAINE AIRPORTS http://t.co/WH1JeIZR
What do you think of Politwoops? Is it all in good fun, or a serious way to hold politicians accountable? What’s the silliest political tweet you’ve ever read?
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