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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    beltorak (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:18pm

    > 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...

    It's more likely @SCOTUSBlog will now get sued for trademark infringement, since clearly there is a lot of confusion over who is behind.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:29pm

    Who is what's behind?

    "who is behind"? Well, we know that SCOTUS is a bunch of behinds... :rolleyes:

     

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:37pm

    Calling all mathematicians

    Is there some formula or law that references density in relation to a bell curve of Twitter users that follow SCOTUSblog?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:39pm

    Prime example

    Of shooting the messenger.

     

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    Trevor, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:44pm

    These people vote.

    On issues that effect more than just themselves.

    Seriously,

    THESE PEOPLE VOTE.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:52pm

    The term "confusingly similar" springs to mind.

    Is @TechdirtBlog still available?

     

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    Anonymous, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:57pm

    Re:

    And notice how most of these crazy comments seem to come from the liberal end of the spectrum.

     

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    Brian Walsh, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:57pm

    Trademark infringement

    Obviously didn't pass the moron in a hurry test.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 3:59pm

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    Not worth much.

    I'm pretty sure that if SCOTUS was liberal, you'd get more people on the conservative side.

    Especially when they lost on Obamacare... Oh boy was that ever a cluster...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:07pm

    Because the issue itself is funny

    Just think of the lulz to be had by someone who shares the same name as the next serial rapist / killer to make the news.

     

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    PRMan, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re:

    That's just because the ruling is in favor of Hobby Lobby, a religious organization. If they were outlawing the teaching of scientific challenges to evolution (as UK recently did) I'm sure the comments would all be conservative.

     

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    PRMan, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:11pm

    Hmm...

    Probably not the best way to get a press pass...

     

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    Agonistes, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:15pm

    And I thought everyone said the Supremes were tech-unsavvy...Tweeting live while making history, what? yeahjklol

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:15pm

    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.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:42pm

    Re:

    > 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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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 4:49pm

    Re:

    Is grumping online about the world's problems any worse than grumping online about people grumping online?

    Is it better to be an idiot and vote than to be an idiot and not vote?

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Jul 1st, 2014 @ 5:46pm

    *THAT* is twitter-speak ? ? ?

    okay, i really haven't been missing anything...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 9:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Last year it was the same deal after Prop.8.

    Idiocy doesn't draw party lanes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 11:10pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 11:34pm

    Re: Re:

    Which is sad because normaly it's the Inbred sisterfucking Whiskey-Tango West Virginia Republicans who provide the stupid arguments.

    A republican oftentimes either a poor-as-fuck trailer trash southerner, or a rich-as-fuck Corporate dictator.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 1st, 2014 @ 11:47pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Why isnt that unlawed for that matter? Evolution isnt a theory but scientifically proven, irrefutable fact.

     

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    Joma (profile), Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 12:12am

    Not worth much...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 1:59am

    Re:

    Scary that these people vote...

    On November 7, 2016 SCOTUSblog could always just send a reminder that people can vote online by tweeting their choice for president to @YourOfficialPollingPlaceWeSwear.

     

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    Baron von Robber, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 6:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    There are the facts of evolution that make it a theory. 'Guess' in the common use is akin to 'hypothesis' and not 'theory'.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 6:15am

    Re:

    Twitter users replying to the wrong account and unable to read a bio is the best definition of morons in a hurry that I can imagine.

     

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    Rich, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 7:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Theories do not "graduate" into facts. Theories are our best explanations for facts. Evolution is an observable fact. The Theory of Evolution is the explanation. It's the same with gravity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 7:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 8:39am

    Tom Cruise ditches Scientology to jon the Hobby Lobby Creation Center Church.

     

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    Anonymous, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 2:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Unlawed"? Don't believe I've heard that one before. Is that Newspeak or Nadsat?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 3:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    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.

     

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    Eldakka (profile), Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 5:36pm

    Living under a rock...

    Assuming you haven't been living under a rock,
    Or that I'm not American so don't get US news outside of what I read on techdirt and similiar special interest news/blogs therefore don't really give a damn...

     

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    sacredjunk (profile), Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 8:19pm

    Well, the first thing you read on the website scotusblog.com is "Supreme Court of the United Status Blog"

    This doesn't really make it clear that it's a press blog

     

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