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(Washington Post)   Congratulations, Twitter user comfortablysmug, the Washington Post has named you the most successful troll of Hurricane Sandy   ( divider line
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2012-10-30 11:08:06 PM  
17 votes:

GAT_00: weave: GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting

Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....

Hmm. Yep, you're right. I ought to know that better too, since it's one of only two roads in the damn state along with SR 404.

Actually only one, because 404 cannot be found.
2012-10-31 07:32:51 AM  
6 votes:
But, this picture is for real, right??
2012-10-30 09:41:49 PM  
5 votes:

Get your news reports from anonymous sources on twitter, you get the reliability of an anonymous source on twitter.

2012-10-31 04:03:55 AM  
4 votes:
You're all missing the really important thing in this entire story. From the photos on the page, you really, really must ask yourself, why is this guy in orange raping that old lady, and should she be allowed to get an abortion if she gets pregnant?
2012-10-30 10:26:34 PM  
3 votes:

GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting, which is shocking in itself. I mean, I know the road is close to the coast, and that area probably qualifies as a barrier island, but it's Delaware for fark's sake.

No kidding. No way would they get those fancy ricers out there with a hurricane coming. I'm calling BS even without the storm too, because the road is so straight and because of how tough the Delaware cops are on speeding. You need a spot with more curves and fewer cops for a credible mass drift story.
2012-10-30 09:40:22 PM  
3 votes:
If only there were someone or something to collect actual facts and report then in an objective fashion rather than simply repeat a rumor on Twitter. Yeah that would be a good thing.
2012-10-31 10:19:14 AM  
2 votes:
Media, run with this!
2012-10-31 06:35:11 AM  
2 votes:
Well now that we know the stock exchange is still in operation, may I suggest 2 short term buys for my fellow Farkers: Lowes (LOW) and Home Depot (HD).
2012-10-31 03:59:19 PM  
1 vote:
This just in, most mainstream journalists aren't terribly bright.
2012-10-31 02:02:41 PM  
1 vote:

Generation_D: JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?

Oh sure, I have zero issue with trolling the media.

The issue is when police, fire, emergency are all actively using twitter and soliciting the public to use twitter to report emergency.

At that point it stops being fun social media and starts being a "fire in a movie theater" or "fake calls to 911" type of situation.

Situations in flux, and I do see some good arguments on all sides. In no way am I trying to suggest The Onion -- first amendment protected speech, hosted on its own parody site -- is involved in this.

But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.

Making an appeal to tradition for sites like The Onion, then blaming your opinions on the use of a medium by the government does not jibe.

This situation would have done no harm as units are attached near NYSE who can check on this in a heartbeat. The area is kind of a big deal. At best this qualifies as a false 911 report, and that is stretching the feasability of that argument quite thin.

The government using a completely privatized service such as Twitter, which has not established a legal emergency protocol, has dick to stand on if information fails. This is yet another public shaming for no purpose beyond political placating of the greyhaired Jitterbug-using, 56.6k with AOL set who do not understand how communication works.

Oh... And that sweet spot subset of individuals who want to armchair lawyer or be the righteous voice spewing nonsense to the masses.

You know. People who don't get irony.
2012-10-31 10:23:55 AM  
1 vote:
Now lookey here...I see OJ and he lookin scared....
2012-10-31 09:18:24 AM  
1 vote:

BassChild: The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.

Is he the same guy that has the ongoing child molestation charges from back when he worked for Chris Wight's office?
2012-10-31 09:04:36 AM  
1 vote:

yousaywut: Ok so dude was a total Douche with troll like proclivity. But it took me about a half a second to recognize the pic from the movie. Also at what point did social media become a news source? There are far too many trolls out there who would happily pull shiat like this just for the lulz.

//Media fail does not equal prosecutable stupid.

/His being a political figure wasn't determined until after someone said "Hey I recognize this scene" so that shouldn't actually be held against him either.

///I do not approve nor condone his trolling but I am fairly sure if this was a Democrat this site would not be talking about the beatdown this guy deserves.

^^^^ This .. YOU, the MEDIA, are responsible for verifying and checking your own facts. If I tweet, OMG I HAVE SMALL POX, you shouldn't report that seadoo2006 has smallpox before, maybe, doing just a modicum of research ... Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ on a Cracker ...
2012-10-31 09:00:29 AM  
1 vote:
Now that's dedication, giving up your reputation and career for a 10/10 trolling success.
2012-10-31 07:48:36 AM  
1 vote:

MythDragon: Breaking News:
President Obama's testicles explode all over the oval office!

That was Clinton. But yeah, we agree on this point.
2012-10-31 07:00:30 AM  
1 vote:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Who's a big enough of a douchebag that he gets fired from a job that only has one freaking week left to go? first identified Comfortablysmug as Shashank Tripathi, a campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate Christopher Wight (N.Y.). Tuesday night, Wight's campaign said Tripathi had resigned from the campaign as a result of his tweets. "He has taken full responsibility for what he tweeted," said Carlisle Williams, a spokeswoman for the campaign.

that guy!

/I guess they let him "resign"

So much for a Shashank Redemption.
2012-10-31 06:57:52 AM  
1 vote:
ComfortablySmug sounds like a reliable source to me. No need to check his credability...
2012-10-31 05:54:20 AM  
1 vote:
Bring back the Public Stocks. The wooden ones, not the kind this douche sells.

Lock him up right next to the bull statue and drop off all the rotted food ruined when the power went out.

Hell, if you charge $1 for each rotting tomato or maggoty piece of chicken people want to throw you can raise a ton of cash for the Red Cross.
2012-10-31 01:50:17 AM  
1 vote:
2012-10-30 10:22:53 PM  
1 vote:

GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting

Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....
2012-10-30 09:12:02 PM  
1 vote:
Now that's a troll.

Some people don't like my opinion, but it's not a troll. My opinion is that most of the deaths from this storm were preventable.

And for that opinion I have been labeled a troll.
2012-10-30 08:53:34 PM  
1 vote:
I for one welcome our troll overlords.
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