Press Secretary and mom Sarah Sanders baked a pie for Thanksgiving. A chocolate pecan pie, specifically, and a fine looking one, too. The internet, of course, wasn’t about to let that slide.
The first thing I saw when I pulled up Twitter last night was a “Moment” about the pie incident. Here is the text from the top of the page.
After the White House Press Secretary shared a photo of a chocolate pecan pie she had baked, she inspired a debate about how similar it looked to a stock photo. It turned out to be very real, but still inspired plenty of memes.
Then they show a slew of tweets parodying the pie tweet, suggesting that she used a stock photo or a fake in order to .. I don’t know, deceive the internet about pie? I’m not sure what sinister plot they thought was afoot, but she works at the Trump White House so everything she does must be sinister.
Here’s the top tweet from the “Moment.”
I️ dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! pic.twitter.com/gY7c4nPxCT
— Resisterhood (@resisterhood) November 25, 2017
You’ll note the moment says “inspired a debate” but of course, that’s not what happened at all. A bunch of jackasses thought it was fake because the internet is hard when you’re not too bright. Which brings us, of course, to the media. You see, after I saw this moment, I checked Twitchy.com and found, naturally, that the press were part of the pie mob.
From the web …
Hold up – you literally stole a picture of a Thanksgiving pie to pass off as your own?
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 24, 2017
…to the White House Press Corps.
I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie Show it to us on the table with folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it. I am getting the biggest laugh out of this. I am thankful for this laugh on Black Friday! https://t.co/ifeSBlSZW7
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 24, 2017
If you’re wondering why they thought it was PBS, it’s because they don’t know about silly details like urls or how they work. The Twitter image url was “https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPV1z_4VQAAg9qa.jpg” … that pbs.twimg.com is used for all Twitter images. It has nothing to do with public broadcasting.
The demands and mockery took the hashtag #piegate and it went wild, apparently. There were dozens more examples in this Twitter moment of people mocking Sanders for using a stock photo to fake a pie. Which she didn’t do, you’ll recall.
Can't believe I'm sticking up for @PressSec , but the Pecan Pie picture she tweeted is real. It was tweeted from her iPhone and if you look at the metadata, it's from an iPhone, not a downloaded image. pic.twitter.com/Rqy0wvx4yZ
— Kris Ingles 🎅 (@5kl) November 24, 2017
Of course, the debunking that shouldn’t have needed to take place but did anyway still wasn’t enough to satisfy some, and that some also, of course, made the Twitter “Moment.”
I buy this debunking of piegate, but it doesn't explain why an alleged chocolate-pecan pie looks so unchocolately https://t.co/gqoYmh1RhX
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) November 24, 2017
Twitter “Moments” are curated and, although you can create your own, the ones you see listed are usually not from a user. When it is, you see their name. This one was curated and created by Twitter. Ridiculing Sarah Sanders for faking a pie that she didn’t fake.