Chris Wight lackey Shashank Tripathi: Leave it to a GOP consultant to spread lies about Hurricane Sandy
Shameful. Utterly shameful. Or, since he’s a Republican, probably utterly
GOP consultant Shashank Tripathi is getting deserved grief for tweeting fake bad news during the Frankenstorm.
While the freakishly powerful superstorm Sandy was ravaging New York City on Monday night, one Twitter user was sowing his own sort of chaos. As the power and internet went dead, many New Yorkers turned to the small, bright screens of their smartphones for news and updates; @ComfortablySmug had plenty of frightening “BREAKING” news to tweet, but all of it turned out to be bunk.
“He reported, falsely, on a total blackout in Manhattan, on a flood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and other things that didn’t happen,” says BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, one of the first bloggers to note that much of the bad information was coming from the same “well-connected pseudonymous Twitter.” And most of these fear-inducing tweets from “Sandy’s worst Twitter villain” were reported as news by at least one TV network.
On Tuesday night, ComfortablySmug — unmasked earlier in the day as hedge-fund manager and GOP operative Shashank Tripathi — tweeted “the people of New York a sincere, humble, and unconditional apology” for his “irresponsible and inaccurate tweets,” and said he has resigned as campaign manager for GOP congressional candidate Christopher R. Wight, who’s running to unseat Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) in a heavily Democratic New York City district. …
More: “@ComfortablySmug: How one Twitter user became Hurricane Sandy’s biggest villain,” The Week, October 31, 2012
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