SCOTUSblog's Best Trolling Of People Who Think Its Twitter Account Is The Supreme Court Itself

from the the-failures-of-autocomplete dept

We’ve written a few times about SCOTUSblog and the trouble it’s been having getting a press pass for the Supreme Court due mainly to institutional jealousy from reporters at more mainstream publications — who rarely do nearly as good a job covering the Supreme Court. However, for years, SCOTUSblog has faced a different issue: the fact that many people on Twitter quickly assume that the @SCOTUSblog account on Twitter is actually the Supreme Court itself, rather than a private news organization that covers the Supreme Court.

That can create some ridiculous situations, especially when lots of people have a rather passionate opinion about a particular Supreme Court ruling and (of course) rush to Twitter to vent their frustrations (or joy). Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you may have heard about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. That ruling hits on a whole variety of hot button issues likely to bring out very strong opinions: religion, health care, health insurance, women’s rights, free speech, regulations on how companies can act, etc. And, not surprisingly, this lead a bunch of people to lash out at the SCOTUSblog Twitter account, without recognizing that it wasn’t actually the Supreme Court itself. And, then, SCOTUSblog decided to play along, retweeting some of the crazy attacks and responding to them in a hilarious, trolling fashion. Here are just a few of the best ones:

And then, of course, some of those same (and different) angry people started to notice the mocking tweets from the blog. And rather than recognizing their own mistakes… they doubled down, screaming about how crazy it is that the Supreme Court would tweet that way to people, leading to yet another layer of hilarity:

Life in the Twitterverse can get a little wacky sometimes, it seems. Frankly, it seems that the Supreme Court should figure out a way to give SCOTUSblog a press pass just as an apology for having to deal with all of those angry tweets…

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Anonymous Coward says:

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Hobby Lobby cannot be a religious organisation. It has religious people in charge, but that doesn’t suddenly mean that Hobby Lobby has become a church. It means that Hobby Lobby is more interested in twisting the law in such a way as to receive all; the benefits of being a ‘Religious organisation’ with none of the responsibilities.

Shameful.

Anonymous Coward says:

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It has religious people in charge, but that doesn’t suddenly mean that Hobby Lobby has become a church.

Of course it’s not a church, but I’m not sure why you think that matters. Heck, even a convent isn’t a church.

It means that Hobby Lobby is more interested in twisting the law in such a way as to receive all; the benefits of being a ‘Religious organisation’ with none of the responsibilities.

Please note that the government did not contest that their beliefs were sincerely held. This is not a case of a corporation cynically claiming to hold beliefs for tactical reasons. I’m also not sure what you think the “responsibilities” of a religious organization are, but I don’t think you’d change your opinion even if they held a church service every Sunday anyway.

Would you prefer a world where any for-profit corporation must only pursue maximum profits and ignore any and all moral beliefs?

Shameful.

What’s shameful is forcing people to violate their religious beliefs because you think 20 types of contraceptives should be free and someone objected to 4 of them.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

A theory by definition is a hypothesis supported by facts without the being proven true or false. The problem with the previous comment isn’t with the definition of theory. It’s with the use of the word evolution as it can have two distinct meanings and his comment conflates the two. Yes, it is a fact that evolution – the process by which living things change to adapt to their environment – exists. However, evolution – the explanation for the entire history of life on the planet, is still a theory albeit a very strong one supported by many facts.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

Scary that these people vote, and more terrifying is that they think Twitter rage can change anything.
They can totally solve all of the worlds problems with an online petition, FB likes, or tweeting loud enough.

Perhaps that is the greatest trick that was ever pulled, we got them to sit at home and grump online rather than lift a finger and do anything in the real world.

btr1701 (profile) says:

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Scary that these people vote, and more
> terrifying is that they think Twitter rage
> can change anything. They can totally solve
> all of the worlds problems with an online
> petition, FB likes, or tweeting loud enough.

Well, when you have the actual State Department responding to humanitarian crises and terror attacks with “hashtag diplomacy” instead of actual diplomacy, this is what you get.

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