We get to see the tone deafness of the media in times of tragedy. Shortly after the horrific explosion at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, David Leavitt, a freelance reporter who had recently done some work for CBS tweeted a tacky joke. He has since deleted the tweet, but fortunately for us, screenshots are forever:
Yes. He tweeted that. Thankfully, Twitter users were ready to eviscerate Leavitt over his party foul.
Your friends and family are ashamed of you right now
— MATT LUCAS 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@RealMattLucas) May 23, 2017
Another responded, “you’re an embarrassment to boston (and earth). what if someone said this sh*t after the marathon bomb? don’t be an a**hole for attention.”
Leavitt’s reply wasn’t to apologize. No, at first he doubled down on the classy by pointing out that folks were giving him a hard time, often with profanity.
Checked my phone and got this message from Twitter. Try swearing at me now! pic.twitter.com/TbIXnxhusM
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 22, 2017
What a creep. Finally, two hours later, Leavitt relented and apologized, albeit in a somewhat flippant way.
For their part, CBS did their part by distancing themselves from Leavitt.
— CBS News PR (@CBSNewsPress) May 23, 2017
Here’s hoping media jerks will learn their lesson from David Leavitt.