On Wednesday, Yoko Ono sent a series of pro-gun control tweets featuring a photo of John Lennon’s bloodstained glasses.
This one was retweeted by the @BarackObama Twitter account.
Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980. pic.twitter.com/xxXU3gSlaD
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013
That’s a pretty graphic message from the president of the United States.
But as White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted earlier this month, the verified @BarackObama account is run by an “independent organization” — Organizing for Action. The @BarackObama Twitter bio still proudly proclaims that “Tweets from the President are signed -bo,” and OFA continues to run the “Barack Obama” Facebook page and barackobama.com.
Independent: We do not think it means what you think it means. Kinda like “non-partisan.”
And judging by these tweets and headlines, neither do some media outlets:
Obama Twitter Account Retweets Photo of Lennon's Bloody Glasses http://t.co/C5dGQTHsJ3
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 22, 2013
Obama’s Twitter account re-tweeted a picture of John Lennon’s bloody glasses posted by Yoko Ono http://t.co/8m4uuRXsI3
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 22, 2013
While the Washington Post article linked by BuzzFeed points out that the @BarackObama account is run by Organizing for Action, the deck calls it “President Obama’s Twitter account.”
COLD: Obama's TWITTER Account Tweets Photo of John Lennon's Bloody Glasses… http://t.co/pNWfKT6wm2
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 22, 2013
Perhaps the president should look into truly distancing himself from that completely “independent” @BarackObama account. Then again, a guy who uses children as human prop-aganda for his gun-grabbing push is probably pretty comfortable with taking credit for retweeting a photo of Lennon’s bloody glasses.