Tweet Slip

Obama Called Kanye a 'Jackass'

You can delete a tweet, but you can’t erase it from the public memory—especially when you have more than a million followers. The Twitter-sphere erupted Monday night when ABC News’ Terry Moran tweeted, “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.” Moments later, Moran removed the tweet, but by then it had been retweeted so many times, ABC’s PR department had to make a statement: “In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed,” ABC continued, prompting wayward tweeters across the Internet to wonder: Does ABC have an “editorial process” for tweets?