In a world dominated by online content, news organizations have moved well beyond their paper and ink days. For many that includes a social media presence and often automated tools to maintain a constant stream of information.
But those auto-posted updates can be overcome by current events, such as what happened with The Washington Post and a piece written Thursday and scheduled to later autopost on Twitter.
The tweet was for an opinion piece with the title and Twitter caption:
"Imagine what it will be like to never have to think about Trump again"
But then news broke late Thursday that Hope Hicks—who spent the last several days maskless by President Donald Trump's side including traveling with him—tested positive for the viral pathogen behind the global pandemic. Then unsurprisingly the White House announced in the early morning hours of Friday that Hicks' also maskless travel companions—POTUS and FLOTUS—tested positive as well.
In addition to an announcement from former Vice President Joe Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris wishing the President and First Lady a swift recovery, people online were greeted by an announcement from The Washington Post about their aforementioned opinion piece.
"The Post has removed a tweet pictured below, which was written Thursday and released through an automated program, because the subsequent news of President Trump's infection rendered it tasteless."
Not everyone agreed with the tweet's removal.
However one person found The Washington Post's tweet a perfect set up for a joke.
In official statements, Trump's presidential election opponents, Biden and Harris, wished the POTUS and FLOTUS well.
The Biden/Harris campaign confirmed that their latest pandemic tests were negative. Harris' last test was on Thursday in advance of a campaign event scheduled for Nevada on Friday.