These Were The Worst Tweets Of 2014

Worst Tweets Of 2014
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Since Twitter launched in 2006, you could argue that every year has been that of the terrible tweet. The medium has historically brought out the dumb in a lot of people, but 2014 offered some unique gems.

From the Taliban geotagging a tweet to a newspaper accidentally posting a photo of a butt plug, check out our list of the worst tweets of 2014.

1. Ted Cruz Calls Net Neutrality ‘Obamacare For The Internet’

In November, Obama came out in favor of net neutrality, urging the Federal Communications Commission to stop Internet providers from cutting faster service deals with sites like Netflix. Ted Cruz and his communications director took to Twitter to offer their unsurprising views on the issue.

2. Bill Kristol Tweet Sets Off Wave Of Identical Replies: ‘Delete Your Account’

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol finally gave in and joined Twitter this fall. He told TPM via email that he was enjoying it. “What’s not to like?” he asked. Unfortunately, the Twittersphere wasn’t as into him. In the early days, users trolled Kristol, deliberately mistaking him for Billy Crystal. But it was a tweet linking to his magazine’s new podcast that inspired an onset of replies all with the same message: “Delete your account.”

3. Dinesh D’Souza Warns Of ‘OBOLA’ In Incomprehensible Tweet

Dinesh D’Souza , the conservative pundit and felon, didn’t miss the chance to weigh in on Ebola, amidst a heavy onset of Republican hysteria. The tweet — which attempted to coin the term “OBOLA” — linked to a Facebook post that showed a photo of the Ebola virus next to the President’s father.

4. Donald Trump Loses It Over NYC Ebola Patient: Obama Must Resign!

Donald Trump deserves a lifetime achievement award in social media fails. It’s honestly hard to pick just one out of the deep sea of garbage tweets. But his alarmist ones on Ebola, in which he called for Obama’s resignation, were among some of his worst.

5. Boehner’s Blank GOP Jobs Plan Tweet Leads To Epic Trolling

Pressing publish too early on a social media post happens to the best of us. Boehner took this to a particularly hilarious degree when he tried to offer “5 Points for Resetting America’s Economic Foundation.” The problem was he forgot to fill it out, leading many to joke that his plan was no plan:

Twitter users, of course, took the opportunity to fill out their own, and make fun of Boehner in the process. Here’s one:

6. New England Patriots Apologize For Sending Out N-Word In Twitter Promo

The lesson here is never let a “filtering system” (whatever that is) tweet for you. In November, The New England Patriots became the first NFL team to reach 1 million followers. They decided to give thanks to their fans by tweeting pictures of a “custom digital jersey” with the user’s twitter handle on the back:

This didn’t work so well with one particularly offensive user name:

The team then apologized and promised to be more “vigilant” in the future.

7. Boston Globe Offers Brief Explanation For Chocolate Butt Plug Tweet

Um, the Boston Globe tweeted a photo of a chocolate butt plug this year. That’s right. In linking to a story on the memory-boosting effects of chocolate, they included a photo of artist Paul McCarthy’s “Butt Plug Gnome” sculpture.

Even better: they didn’t delete it. Instead, their editor’s digital advisor offered this explanation:

8. Think Tank Apologizes For Intern’s ‘Suck It’ Tweet To Amnesty International

“Blaming it on an intern” is a typical post-social-media-screw-up solution. When the Center for Strategic and International Studies tweeted at Amnesty International telling the group to “suck it,” that’s just what offending organization did.

“Apparently he [the intern] meant to send something reflecting his personal views from his personal Twitter account,” said Andrew Schwartz, senior vice president for external relations at CSIS.

9. Taliban Messes Up Tweet, Gives Away Spokesman’s Location

When you’re tweeting for the Taliban, you should probably avoid geolocation tagging. In October, their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid sent a tweet that revealed his location as Sindh, Pakistan. Though he later claimed it was part of an “enemy plot,” the damage was already done. As Twitter notes in its geolocation instructions: “Remember, once you post something online, it’s out there for others to see.”

10. Rick Perry’s Twitter Account Posts ‘Unauthorized’ Drunk Democrat Meme

The classic, quick post-and-delete. The tweet included an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmburg, the woman involved in Perry’s indictment, over a Dos Equis beer ad. Perry was accused of threatening to slash her budget in an attempt to get her to resign after a DUI.

Though he called Lehmburg “the most drunk Democrat in Texas,” Perry later tweeted that he did not condone the “unauthorized” tweet.

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  1. Can we have nominations for the funniest story of 2014 on TPM? Cause I have a few candidates.

    1. There was the time in September after an Adidas soccer jersey was found on the banks of the Rio Grande that.the Lieutenant-Governor of Texas started bellowing at the Values Voters’ summit that Islamic prayer rugs were found in America from invading hordes of Meskin muslims.

    2. And in October there was the guy in Oregon who was open-carrying his brand-new pistol, until he was robbed of it by ANOTHER guy carrying a gun.

    3. There was the Thrilla in Wasilla by the Palin party crashers back in September.

    4. In June, a EPA administrator in their Denver office circulated a memo begging the staff not to poop in the hallways.

    5. And my favorite, the suicide bomber back in January who accidentally blew up his ENTIRE class, proving that not all Teabaggers are in THIS country…

    That’s just FIVE right there.

  2. Avatar for meta meta says:

    Hands down, it’s a Trump trump. Well, if you are talking quantity.

  3. Ok…how about the most careless gun accident of 2014? I have DOZENS of those.

  4. It was yesterday and I’m still upset that TPM didn’t run with the 2yr old who shot his mom at the Walmart. What is up, TPM? ALL year long you’ve been all about gun porn.

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