Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The Risks With Posting White House Photos to Social Media
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently tweeted a photo that caused a bit of an uproar among Twitter users. Read on for a look at why people reacted the way they did, past White House social media mistakes, and why Trump loves using social sites like Twitter so much.
1. The tweet that started the uproar
Sanders tweeted a photo on April 14, 2018 that was captioned: “Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it. (Inside the Situation Room as President is briefed on Syria – Official WH photos by Shealah Craighead).” The problem? If the photo really took place “last night,” there’s no way Mike Pence could be in attendance.
Next: Of course, the incident inspired a new hashtag.
The night prior to the photo being posted was April 13th. On April 13th, Pence was in Peru. Upon posting the photo, Sanders received quite the reaction from Twitter due to the obvious discrepancy. Hence the hashtag #QuantumEntanglementMike was born, suggesting that Pence would need to be able to be in two places at once in order for the photo to have taken place when Sanders claims.
Next: Sanders gave an explanation for the discrepancy.
3. Sanders’ reaction
Sanders received such backlash that she took to Twitter to clarify when the photo was actually taken.”As I said, the President put our adversaries on notice that he enforces red lines with the strike on Syria Friday night. The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing,” she wrote. Many Twitter users commented on the post, accusing her of lying.
Next: The White House’s Hurricane Irma tweet faux pas
4. This isn’t the first time the White House posted an incorrect photo to social media
In the midst of Hurricane Irma in 2017, White House social media director Dan Scavino posted a tweet displaying a video of what he thought was Miami International Airport. The airport responded with a curt, “This video is not from Miami International Airport.” Though this mixup didn’t create quite the backlash Sanders’ mistake did, it didn’t go unnoticed.
Next: Twitter makes fun of “Trump at work” photos
5. The “Trump at work” photos
When the White House released a series of photos of President Trump working at his desk, it never thought they’d receive the reaction they did. Upon the release of the Trump sitting at his desk, phone to his ear, squinting, donning a white Make America Great Again hat photo, Twitter proceeded to have a field day with these seemingly staged pictures.
“An emerging trend is that Trump and his staff have no idea how to stage photos to make it seem like he’s actually working,” tweeted Matt Fuller.
Next: Trump doesn’t know if he’d been elected without social media.
6. Trump thinks social media is partly responsible for his being elected into office
In an interview with Fox Business, Trump spoke for a moment about his frequent use of social media (especially Twitter) and all that it’s done for him. He said, particularly, social sites are great for keeping people interested.
“You have to keep people interested also. You know, you have to keep people interested,” he said. “But, social media, without social media, I am not sure that would be here talking. I would probably not be here talking.”
Next: Why he loves social media so much
7. He loves the immediacy of social media
Though people have often criticized President Trump for his frequent and casual use of sites like Twitter, he says he likes it because it gets him results. He especially likes that he can tweet something and see it on TV almost immediately.
“See I don’t call it tweets, tweeting is like a typewriter – when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show. I mean the other day, I put something out, two seconds later I am watching your show, it’s up,” he said during the Fox Business interview.
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