Close Call: Donald Trump Shooting Threat

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 29, 2016 in Internet |

We all know how Twitter works: the older Tweets are at the bottom, you scroll down and read in reverse order. So the lower one of these two entries came first and it looks, if you happen to be reading my timeline, as if Mark Knoller is replying to Christian Datoc (as re-tweeted by The Daily Caller).

Now, if you take any notice recent political spoutings by Donald Trump, you’ll know that he claimed he could shoot a person on 5th Avenue and not lose any voters.

Twitter Timeline Proximity

Screenshot Source: Mark Knoller / Christian Datoc / Twitter

Put the two together, and you’ve got a good story, if only it was true which, as we all know, doesn’t stop some journalists from taking a chance and publishing without fact checking first.

Luckily this man was not shot by Donald Trump, on 5th Avenue or anywhere else. The reference is to a pheasant which Trump jnr apparently shot, also, as Mark Knoller notes, not on 5th Avenue.

My Twitter Timeline is a real adventure sometimes!

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