The ever-shrinking Washington Post has a little piece of essential journalism about some inane “reporters versus a bunch of slobs” slapfight happening, where else, on Twitter, over a White House photo of President Obama drinking a beer with a young Marine who received the Medal of Honor. Here is your BREAKING NEWS timeline of this tragic story: several White House journalists tweeted the photo because that’s one of those “easy ones,” then a number of Twitter lunatics spent actual moments of their brief, earthly lives criticizing the photo (THE MARINES ARE OWNED BY JESUS AND THE REPUBLICANS, OBAMA, NICE TRY), the reporters whined back about Twitter being full of obnoxious idiots, and then, this the only terrible part, the Washington Post declared this a newsworthy “debate” in a headline about this banal nonsense.
Reporting about other reporters reporting on the difficulties of reporting on Twitter, TWENTY PULITZER PRIZES:
Many of the followers chimed in, with most offering praise for the photo and the president’s hospitality. But some others apparently offered more cynical comments about the event being a staged photo-op for Obama.
It didn’t take long for the usually combative White House reporters to stick up for the embattled president on this one.
“It would be nice to be able to post a photo of the president having a beer with a Marine without being beseiged with snark. #GrowUp,” [Jake] Tapper later wrote on his account.
[Ed] Henry wrote: “Come on folks, just because WH released a photo of President’s beer w/Dakota Meyer doesn’t mean its ‘just a photo-op’”
Then he added: “Surely you can disagree with President on issues, if that’s how you feel, but still appreciate him recognizing uncommon valor by a Marine”
Come on, Washington Post. We know there are slow news days and a lack of resources and all, but let’s not go down the CNN rabbit hole of pulling quotes from Twitter brawls and calling it “a debate” without a thick sense of irony attached to the word. [Washington Post]