The 2013 Twitchys: Top 20 deleted tweets of the year

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When politicians, journalists, and celebrities write ill-considered tweets, they often reach for the “delete” button as quickly as they can, hoping to erase the evidence of their foolishness before anyone notices. Unfortunately for them — but fortunately for you! — that trick hardly ever works. Thus, we present the twenty best deleted tweet events of 2013!

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20. In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, actress Kirstie Alley said that white people like to murder black people. Or something.


“We”? Was Kirstie admitting to some sort of crime? Of course not, but those are the kinds of mistakes one can make when in a hurry to jump aboard a bandwagon.

19. Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx recently called “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson a racist, homophobic “a-hole.” We pointed out the time the Mötley Crüe bassist used the N-word. Oh, and the time he hurled an anti-gay slur. We’re generous like that.  After we published our post, sneaky Sixx quietly deleted his tweets.!/NikkiSixx/status/413924928258191360!/NikkiSixx/status/413925720398651392

And the award goes to …!/NikkiSixx/status/413930001549905920

Now Sixx is singing a new tune.

18. CBS News’ White House correspondent Major Garrett is not f-ing kidding about your shirty business. In a rare hat trick of deleted tweet, funny typo, and accidental tweeting of DM, Garrett showed Twitter he’s not to be messed with!!/MajorCBS/status/301006957173673984

17. Whenever there’s an attack on American soil, if there’s any question about the intentions of the attacker, you can be assured that lefties will scramble all over themselves to blame conservatives, and if you’re lucky, the Tea Party. But usually it’s not a U.S. Forest Service PR rep!!/ForestInsider/status/323927693114609665

You would think that the “Director of Public Affairs for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service” might be more careful about her relations with the public. But you would be wrong.

16. Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, has a history of making sensational claims about Gov. Scott Walker. (Correction: He is the former communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party.) Last year, he suggested that Walker defended criminals who commit “boy rape.” This year, he took it a step further, making a comparison between the Republican Governor and serial killer/cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer:!/gjzielinski/status/307527092168433664

It was a tough call, but the honor goes to this one:!/gjzielinski/status/307529620037713920

15. Like a lot of liberals, the Democratic mayor of New Jersey’s fourth-largest city believes that the problems with were caused by Republican shenanigans:!/MayorBollwage/status/391691820113358849

By the way, what the heck is “robot calling”?

14. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith’s people “confirmed” that shots were fired outside the White House when the real story was that some idiot was throwing firecrackers.!/ComradeArthur/status/379740878912229376

13. “Real journalists” really wanted the story of the Sandy Hook father who was “heckled” by gun rights supporters to be true, even though it definitely was not. Even some lefty outlets like Slate admitted they blew the story. CNN’s Anderson Cooper must have gotten the memo just before he deleted this tweet:


12. Van Jones wants you to know that Fox News is “PATHETIC.” Unfortunately for him, the Photoshop that “proved” his point was a fake.


11. A former Afghanistan Ambassador falsely accused U.S. soldiers of killing the last lion in Kunar province. Problem is, there are no lions in the wild in Afghanistan, and the photo is fake.!/AmbassadorJawad/status/415815989725765632


10. Agence France-Presse’s Emal Haidary definitely wasn’t the only one who tweeted out a bogus story about Sarah Palin arriving in South Korea for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, but he may have been the only professional journalist to do so.

She is more confused than I, lools,
Sarah Palin Arrives in South Korea for Mandela Memorial…— Emal Haidary (@menh0) December 11, 2013

9. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour wished human rights abuser Robert Mugabe a happy birthday:!/camanpour/status/304707026586570752

How sweet! After deleting her celebratory tweet, and replacing with a more benign recognition of the milestone, she tried to act as if she had been ironically tweeting. Then why delete it, Alanis Morissette?

8. When “Fast and Furious” movie star Paul Walker died last month, Jezebel editor Erin Ryan took the occasion to show everyone just how classy she can be:!/morninggloria/status/406984650503245824

After doubling down on her hatred and blaming conservatives, she deleted the tweet. But not before we took notice.

7. Given the trash that flows freely out of Sarah Silverman’s gutter mind without apology, it took a lot for her to top herself and tweet something so awful that she was forced to delete it. Oh, here it is:!/SarahKSilverman/status/350027506272829440

Actually, Gov. Perry had found the word offensive and painted over the epithet. After deleting the three separate times she deceptively insulted Perry, Silverman tried to explain it away by saying the tweets were too negative. That hasn’t stopped her before.

After her pitiful walkback, she was spanked for losing her ongoing fight for laughs.

6. Pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen usually tweets benign inspirational Christian messages, which made this deleted tweet the “best unintentionally awesome tweet ever”:!/DRichInTheHouse/status/396068749280673792

Either Osteen was radically changing his stance on lust, or he didn’t quite see all the possible hilarious interpretations of his well-meaning message. Since he deleted it, we imagine it was the latter.

5. What’s a list of worst tweeters without the man, the myth, the toupee, the one and only (thank God) Donald Trump? In one little tweet, the Donald embarrassed organizers who invited him to speak at CPAC when he ridiculously announced that Ashley Judd was “going to be a great candidate” for U.S. Senate:!/realDonaldTrump/status/311471076972580864

He deleted the tweet, and covered by trying to blame Karl Rove. Judd decided not to run, but unfortunately The Donald continues to tweet.

4. We’re not sure what we did to have Britain dump their useless political commentators on our shores, but it sure isn’t helping international relations to have Piers Morgan make bogus claims to satisfy his gun-grabbing gluttony:!/piersmorgan/status/379744807167340544

Musket is picking up a sweet 2013 Twitchy award for this one:!/piersmorgan/status/379749140734828545

Morgan was just salivating at the chance to to blame the AR-15 for the Washington Navy Yard shooting, but he had to delete his tweets after he learned that the accused shooter didn’t use an AR-15. Oddly, this tweet is still live:!/piersmorgan/status/379718609792430080

3. Remember when Rolling Stone magazine insulted everyone by featuring a rock ‘n roll cover of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tzarnaev? Its senior editor thought he’d defuse the situation by making an obscene joke to make light of the furor. Didn’t work:!/jpodhoretz/status/357657438889062400

He deleted the tweet and apologized for the joke, but not for the offensive cover that imagined Tzarnaev as a rock star.

2. Coming in at number two of the top deleted tweets of 2013 is the ridiculously obscene insult blithely tweeted by a foul-mouthed staffer at The Onion against the 9-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis:!/TheOnion/status/305900584278556672

Wow. You like to be edgy, Onion, but you pirouetted right over the edge on that one, and Twitter was not amused!

1. And now, the number one deleted tweet of 2013 honor goes to … Geraldo “Capone Vault” Rivera! Long before Barack Obama made the selfie devoid of all coolness, Geraldo sent a selfie via Tweet that “launched a thousand breakfasts”:!/Bourdain/status/358957639469776896

With just one press of the send button, Geraldo made an entire internet turn in revulsion, and forever lose its innocence. Truly, we will never be the same thanks to the terrible tweeting of that stomach-turning selfie on that day that will live in tweetfamy.

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If your favorite deleted tweet didn’t score a Twitchy award, stay tuned. More awards are on the way.

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‘EPIC!’ Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar ‘torture’ Jason Hervey [pic]!/danicamckellar/status/443852741627355136

Oh my. D.J. Tanner vs. Winnie Cooper! Twitchy favorite Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Tanner on “Full House,” is on the cast of the new season of “Dancing with the Stars.” And so is Danica McKellar, who played the much-loved Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years.”!/kenziekate2/status/443977294865264640

We are excited too! “The Wonder Years” actor Jason Hervey is excited as well … yet tortured. Why?!/JasonHervey/status/443931694244966400

Well, the ladies have a fix to end the torture, Jason.!/danicamckellar/status/443933450538872833


This Twitter user is trying to figure out who will win:!/S0DAP0PS/status/443966776817094656

You’d win the prize for remembering weird sitcom factoids, sir!

One thing is clear: ABC is the big winner here. A DJ Tanner vs. Winnie Cooper face-off is drawing in potential viewers.!/LoKoSparkles/status/443901609442312192!/jaymarsh30/status/443903447013007360!/TheReal_BigJohn/status/443965933460021248


But what about Jason Hervey’s brother on “The Wonder Years”? What is Fred Savage thinking?!/EmmyJJ/status/443974656198852608



‘Get ready for fabulous!’ Candace Cameron Bure to take the stage on DWTS [pics, video]

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Barney Frank joins CNBC as contributor, hilarity guaranteed to ensue!/TamedRaccoon/status/414052956670291968

Nope. No joke. This is real life, America!

Everyone’s favorite loud-mouthed, fashion-forward ex-congressman will now be an official CNBC contributor:!/RyanRuggiero/status/414050480638009344

Must-see TV!!/TraderRLH/status/414061088465256448

Pffft. If anything, this’ll just give CNBC more entertainment value.!/NathanWurtzel/status/414055035266273280!/CuffyMeh/status/414055215923335168



Barney Frank weds partner in Massachusetts

Oh, the humanity: Nancy ‘Elaine Benes’ Pelosi dancing at Barney Frank’s wedding

Tolerance bully Barney Frank likens gay Republicans to ‘Uncle Tom’

Shark? Jumped: Henry Winkler welcomes Barney Frank to Twitter

Set phasers for ‘Congress’: George Takei quotes Barney Frank on social acceptance

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‘Why is Harry Connick Jr. so orange?’ ‘Idol’ judge responds to the buzz [pics]!/ittybittybaker2/status/423665146113048576

Harry Connick Jr. has been a welcome addition to the new season of “American Idol.”!/bccohan/status/423838969206669312

Don’t get us wrong — he looks great. The ladies have spoken:!/bccohan/status/423995277004267520

But Twitter has been buzzing about what looks like bad makeup or a little too much self-tanner.!/bat2thebone/status/423653230711545857!/StylesbyLDaniel/status/423634448802783233!/AngelTaber/status/423646180342779904!/LeTyGoNzAlEs09/status/423633190679351296!/vEcleve_land/status/424009517282496512

Oompa Loompa? That gives the “American Idol” judge an idea:!/HarryConnickJR/status/424016732643426304

Heh. Don’t worry, Harry. You’re not that orange.!/Lexiii_Jayyy/status/424017854246027264!/hobiegirl2/status/424033156694425600


Harry Connick, Jr. could be one tough #AmericanIdol judge

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Obamacare training session for TV & film industry creeps out Allen Covert!/orianafallachi/status/426488146348740608

Who better to enlist for help in pushing lies than supporters who have made a fortune selling fiction?

Hollywood, prepare for your Obamacare propaganda training:!/RBPundit/status/426487262927273984

Imagine liberal outrage from the entertainment industry if Karl Rove tried to instruct Hollywood on the “proper” way to portray a Bush administration initiative in their films and television shows:!/MrTimHerlihy/status/426430504712167424

Actor Allen Covert isn’t a big fan of anybody who might try to lecture him about Obamacare, so count him as officially creeped out by the Obamacare propaganda training session:!/THATAllenCovert/status/426482805489430528

Can somebody in Congress push for a law requiring a film or a television show to run a disclaimer pointing out that it is a propaganda piece?!/thekelliejane/status/426486741306839040

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A reboot for ‘Vacation’ and more James Bond, Jason Bourne and Zoolander!/MarnieLevy/status/511856511417851904

Because Hollywood can’t seem to come up with any new ideas, here are a few of the films America will be burdened with in the near future.

First up, a reboot of the Chevy Chase–Christie Brinkley masterpiece from 1983, ‘Vacation’:

Leslie Mann joins New Line’s ‘Vacation’ reboot as Audrey Griswold

— Variety (@Variety) September 15, 2014

Next, who’s ready for more James Bond? With Sam Mendes (“Skyfall”) directing:

Bond 24: New James Bond movie 'to begin filming on December 6'

— DS Breaking News (@digitalspybrk) September 16, 2014

And how about Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne?

Happy but surprising news. Bourne is back.

— Sarah Crompton (@Sarahc_k) September 16, 2014

That’s depressing as we were looking forward to another Bourne movie where would could compare Andy Levy of Fox to Jeremy Renner:

Andy Levy Totally Looks Like Jeremy Renner @andylevy and @JerRenner

— Jordan Olling (@jordanolling) March 17, 2013

But this confuses us. More “Zoolander”? People really want more of this?

Will Ferrell says Magatu will return for 'Zoolander 2' #WillFerrell

— Reality TV World (@realitytvworld2) September 16, 2014

Exit question: when will we get the remake of “Casablanca” or “The Godfather”? You just know that eventually Hollywood will do it and we might as well get it over with now.


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Proposed Kermit Gosnell movie breaks Indiegogo fundraising record!/notoserfdom/status/456930163448881152

As Twitchy reported, “FrackNation” director Phelim McAleer and his team are hoping to make a film about Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is currently serving life in prison. Though the filmmakers are still far from reaching their goal of $2.1 million, they have become the most funded movie ever on fundraising site Indiegogo.

The cause has so far raised $930,505 in less than three weeks. Deadline Hollywood reports that “Gosnell” has bested fundraising efforts by celebrities such as James Franco ($327,929) and Shemar Moore ($638,983)!/DLoesch/status/456878169916596224!/tonykatz/status/456929160527478784

RedState has a video of producer Ann McElhinney reading an excerpt from the Grand Jury report.!/breeannehowe/status/456569869530456064


Kickstarter CEO denies rejecting Gosnell movie makers; Director claims censorship

Director seeking to crowd-fund film about Kermit Gosnell murder trial

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‘My new hero’: Sharyl Attkisson opens up about why she left CBS!/teeka1234/status/457903231926947840

Sharyl Attkisson joined CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning and opened up about why she left CBS.!/SharylAttkisson/status/457929784509870080

Here is some of what she had to say.!/CNNReliable/status/457900760194613248!/brianstelter/status/457887542638292993

She also indicated that she was targeted by Media Matters.!/FastFuriousRace/status/457932101300416512

Her interview received positive reviews.

@SharylAttkisson thank you Mrs Atkisson for a wonderful interview today on CNN.

CBS is entertainment, not a source of journalism.

Cheers!— martin vazquez (@martinvazquez30) April 20, 2014!/kath_krueger/status/457898205741477888

Here’s video of her interview on CNN.


Twitchy’s coverage Sharyl Attkisson

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