Secret Service Apologizes for Insulting Fox on Twitter

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Secret Service Apologizes for Insulting Fox on Twitter

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The United States Secret Service has apologized to Fox after an agent trashed-talked the network on the official Secret Service Twitter account.

You know those unsmiling guys in dark suits who jog alongside the President's car and talk into their collars? That's the Secret Service. The agency actually does a lot more than just take bullets for the President; there's a uniformed division that provides security and protection duties at the White House, the Department of the Treasury and other locations, and it also investigates currency counterfeiting cases. Watch In the Line of Fire to learn more.

Anyway, during one of these investigations an agent apparently got bored and decided to share a bit of his job frustrations with the rest of the world. "Had to monitor Fox for a story," he wrote on Twitter. "Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering." A fair and balanced assessment of Fox, you might say, but there was nonetheless a wee little bit of a problem with it. Instead of spreading the word on his own personal account, he put it out on the official Secret Service feed.

This did not go over well, as you might imagine. The tweet was eventually deleted but not before it was "widely retweeted," screen caps made and much fun poked. And of course, the Secret Service had to eat it afterward. "An employee with access to the Secret Service's Twitter Account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet," Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement. "The tweet did not reflect the views of the U.S. Secret Service and it was immediately removed. We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account."

Amusing though this is - and I am very much amused - it's hardly the first or even the worst accidental tweet to slip out. The incredible ease with which anyone can communicate instantly with the entire world makes the occasional spot of ill-advised commentary inevitable. In February, Kevin Butler accidentally retweeted the PlayStation 3 jailbreak code to his followers, an awkward moment but presumably not nearly as embarrassing as that of the Dutch politician who in March tweeted rather than DM'ed a message about his lover's "throbbing climax." More recently, Alistair McNally, the senior director of creative development at BioWare, unofficially outed Dragon Age 3 with a tweet seeking environment artists to work on the game.

So remember, people: a little attentiveness goes a long way. Let's be careful out there!

Source: Mashable

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A "horrible" mistake...but a funny mistake nonetheless.

This is why I barely ever post...anything...at all. We're all humans, (i hope) and humans make mistakes.

-V

Nice to see the Secret Service people are just like me in at least one way.

Mistake? But thats true about FOX.

I bet FOX doesn't like it because its fact, and they don't like facts.

Funny as this is, why do the U.S. Secret Service have a Twitter account? OK it's not uncommon for companies to use Twitter nowadays, but an organisation like this you would have thought wouldn't have a Twitter account, or at least have someone responsible to use it.

you know for a secret service..... they are not very secret.

Irridium:
Mistake? But thats true about FOX.

I bet FOX doesn't like it because its fact, and they don't like facts.

So true. So very true.

They're always right and everybody in the world is always wrong.
They would like to think they know everything, but they're mostly wrong.

That was actually funny :))

...I fail to see the problem here?

This could, of course, all be part of a grand public-relations ploy. It's certainly good.

I officially love this guy. And I'm sure that FOX is none too pleased. Which makes me pleased.

stating the truth about fox is wrong but its ok for them to make shit up? this world really makes sense. Sometimes i wish may 21 is true...

So they insult Fox by putting down a personal opinion or what not on Twitter...
...Then they insult everyone else by apologizing for it.

Nah, seriously, I have tremendous respect for those men and women who have dedicated themselves to the duty of protecting the Commander in Chief. But what are you gonna do these days in the media (especially in the U.S.). You throw a funny comment around and suddenly everyone wants to sue you and insult you back until you give them an apology or whatnot. Just throw out a minor press release saying 'fine, sorry, geeze' and get those dorks off your back.

Why are we forcing the Secret Service to watch FOX?

SECRET service has a twitter account?

"FOUND BIN LADEN LOL"

MetaKnight19:
Funny as this is, why do the U.S. Secret Service have a Twitter account? OK it's not uncommon for companies to use Twitter nowadays, but an organisation like this you would have thought wouldn't have a Twitter account, or at least have someone responsible to use it.

^That.

Shouldn't they be, y'know, secret?

HankMan:
Why are we forcing the Secret Service to watch FOX?

It's part of a case that one of them is monitoring for something. If I were that guy, I'd call up the NSA and have them write a bot for me.

UnderCoverGuest:
So they insult Fox by putting down a personal opinion or what not on Twitter...
...Then they insult everyone else by apologizing for it.

That's a PR unofficial opinion notice. It's not a real apology. The guy never apologized for his statement. The Secret Service just said "that's like, your opinion man"

Man, that's pretty funny. Gotta admit it's kinda silly of him to post it on a twitter feed for everyone to see, but that's what the internet is for.

I found it more odd that the Secret Service has a public twitter account. Why would they do that?

It's only a small mistake though, and quite amusing. No harm was done, it's not as if it's rare for people to insult Fox.

wonder what the story he was talking about of if it was just general crap, i can imagine some good motivational posters coming out of this

SuperNova221:
I found it more odd that the Secret Service has a public twitter account. Why would they do that?

It's only a small mistake though, and quite amusing. No harm was done, it's not as if it's rare for people to insult Fox.

For the same reasons that the Federal Bureau of Investigations has a twitter account. And the Department of Defense. And several hundred Members of Congress. And the White House Press Secretary. To publicize information that they believe is of interest to the public.

Check 'em out, if you'd like to, at http://twitter.com/#!/secretservice

Quite hilarious, hope the guy who posted it didn't get into too much trouble.

MetaKnight19:
Funny as this is, why do the U.S. Secret Service have a Twitter account? OK it's not uncommon for companies to use Twitter nowadays, but an organisation like this you would have thought wouldn't have a Twitter account, or at least have someone responsible to use it.

Despite the weird name, the Secret Service isn't some sort of secret cloak-and-dagger intelligence organization. That's more the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Most of what they do isn't even protecting the President and other government officials. It's mostly investigating counterfeiting (it was originally part of the Treasury Department before they moved it over to the Department of Homeland Security).

Thank the gods of the internet(whoever they are) I do not have Twitter or Facebook.

Don't backpedal, Secret Service! Fox may dislike you now, but so many citizens now think you're AWESOME.

For once I'm rooting for the guys lurking in the shadows that know everything there is to know about me.

Let's see how Foxnews blows this completely out of proportion and wait for the formula on how it means President Obama is Hitler.

Calling it now.

The only reason I love Twitter is for the hilarity it brings.

As funny as this is to me, that's one hell of a slip up and isn't professional for a Government agency at all. Someone needs to be, well not fired but they definitely need a chewing out and they probably shouldn't have Twitter privileges.

MetaKnight19:
Funny as this is, why do the U.S. Secret Service have a Twitter account? OK it's not uncommon for companies to use Twitter nowadays, but an organisation like this you would have thought wouldn't have a Twitter account, or at least have someone responsible to use it.

How else would you know the colour of todays threat level? if it's only beige I might risk going swimming, but if it's maroon then I wouldn't risk leaving the basement at all!

Fox news will just use it as fuel for their conspiracy complex, oh, the government are watching us, like the facists they are. Monitoring our freedom away!

JDKJ:

MetaKnight19:
Funny as this is, why do the U.S. Secret Service have a Twitter account? OK it's not uncommon for companies to use Twitter nowadays, but an organisation like this you would have thought wouldn't have a Twitter account, or at least have someone responsible to use it.

Despite the weird name, the Secret Service isn't some sort of secret cloak-and-dagger intelligence organization. That's more the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Most of what they do isn't even protecting the President and other government officials. It's mostly investigating counterfeiting (it was originally part of the Treasury Department before they moved it over to the Department of Homeland Security).

Damn that misleading name, making me look stupid...

Thanks for enlightening me on that, but I think the basic point remains valid.

It's like if the UK parliament or the British Monarchy had a Twitter account. Oh wait...

Oh sweet, sweet, delicious, luscious, orgasmic irony...

I really don't think they should have apologized to the demagogues of hatred over there at Fox, but this guy was pretty f'ing stupid to do what he did.
Seriously, when are people going to learn not to say completely stupid shit on public Twitter accounts that fucks up their careers?
Do they not realize that EVERYONE can see them?

googleback:
SECRET service has a twitter account?

"FOUND BIN LADEN LOL"

"OMG, BOMB ON A TRAIN LOL! (link to a picture of them holding the bomb taken by holding a cameraphone sideways and taking a picture of the mirror)"

I would have left it up and said "It was an accident and it does not represent the feelings of the agency but we think it's funny and so we are just going to let it sit there taunting FOX news."

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