I was watching the Twitter pretty steadily today because the chatter about Obama's tele-town hall was fairly amusing. I mean, sure, there was some bulltwitt, there always is. But overall worth watching. (Speaking of worth watching, second Olby story has come to my attention ... video below fold)
So I happened to be .. twittering? .... when I saw an awesome "tweet" (sigh, yes they are really called that) from Mary Katherine Ham which read: "Olbermann/MSNBC Twitter FAIL: http://bit.ly/lkRY," and which linked to a story by Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online about my pal Keith.
It seems Keith named Twitter the "worst person in the world" last week (raising, to my mind, a whole host of existential questions that reminded me of when Flagstaff was named Worst Person and Keith kept calling him Red, to which I responded with a Simpson's classic moment) because he believed some nefarious Fox News plot was responsible for a dastardly plan to discredit him.
Sidebar: Is calling someone "twit for brains" a fitting insult if their mistake was in understanding twitter? Or would that insult more fit someone who overtweets?
So anyway, just read these hilarious excerpts at NRO, the first from the show transcript:
But our winner is Twitter. I told you this was trouble. I find out today that I have 13,900 some odd followers on Twitter. I‘m not on Twitter. I tried to sign up last summer and abandoned the project. I found this out when I got a piece of junk e-mail today, at my address, from some outfit trying to barnacle on to the Twitter process. Though it was my address, it had somebody else‘s name on it, possibly whoever was perpetuating the fraud. The subject line read "Dan Cooper Media, local Tweet request." And the e-mail began, "hi Dan Cooper Media."
Who is Dan Cooper and why would he be getting spam e-mail about my fake Twitter account? He is one of the five architects of Fox News.
Critique: not enough "sirs" in that to satify my Olbermann viewing needs.
The second one is from a New York Times article about Twitter's business model, wherein they refer to this as a "mishap":
Mr. Olbermann named Twitter “the worst person in the world” for allowing a fake account under his name, but it turned out that MSNBC was running the account, unbeknownst to Mr. Olbermann, says Mr. Stone.
Can you say bwa ha ha ha!? How does this happen? Don't they research? Ha ha, yes of course I'm kidding, we know they don't. As Jim Treacher put it: "How could he have known? It wasn't on Media Matters or Kos."
Keith you are a class act, buddy. But do let's not let Dean off the hook so easy, hmm? Doesn't calling Katherine Harris Stalin count for anything? How about, as Dan points out by email, calling Republicans Ayatollahs?
Olbermann and Dean, today's "Worst Dimtwits in the World!"
UPDATE: Does the fun ever end? Nope.