The Seattle Seahawks lost 17-10 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and many fans of the team didn't take it well. Now, you can debate whether fans booing a team that's won 14 straight at home have high expectations, or are simply spoiled rotten. But what's not up for debate is that you really should think before you tweet.
Consider Joe Fitzgibbon, a Democratic state representative whose district includes Seattle. In the wake of Seattle's loss, Fitzgibbon popped off on Twitter in a way he'd soon regret. He deleted the tweet, but oh, guess what ... the Washington State Republican party got a screengrab, and shared it:
— Washington State GOP (@WAGOP) December 23, 2013
Seriously. This is 2013. People still haven't figured out that Twitter broadcasts your every typed thought to literally the entire world? A politician, of all people, ought to be aware of how even innocent words get parsed and turned against the user, to say nothing of a phrase like "desert racist wasteland."
Fitzgibbon tried to explain himself, but still managed to weave in some politics:
Upset re hawks loss, and failure of smart immigration reform--shouldn't have conflated the 2 though. Happy holidays, better for both in '14
— Joe Fitzgibbon (@joefitzgibbon) December 23, 2013
That's an admirable job of staying on message. It's also NOT AN APOLOGY, but honestly, so what? The guy can say what he wants; if there's no filter between brain and phone, well, that's his problem. If nothing else, Fitzgibbon will have a tough choice to make if his Seahawks reach the Super Bowl next season ... the year in which it will be held in Arizona.