Whoa. We can certainly understand @AJC’s desire to cover its tracks. But when a major news outlet with nearly 100,000 Twitter followers tweets out something like that, it’s really hard to cover it up after the fact.

Twitter, of course, let out a collective gasp:

https://twitter.com/thew1242/status/393039742033330176

https://twitter.com/mattorr/status/393039829232926720

So far, no apology or acknowledgement from @AJC.

Look on the bright side, @AJC. You have just won Twitchy’s coveted “Deleted Tweet of the Day” award!

deleted tweet of the day - square version

Update:

This is unconfirmed:

Actually, if it’s true it might help AJC quite a bit.

Update:

An apology tweet:

Update:

Another:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sincerely regrets an earlier Twitter message that contained an inappropriate statement.

We took immediate action to apologize via social media and will issue an apology in Thursday’s print edition.  We do not condone such offensive messages and are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again.

“Immediate action”? Really?

  • MoocherSux

    Exactly how many mules?

    • WhoMeToo

      After 0bamafraud premiums, deductibles & co-shares??? He’ll owe money to the IRS.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      57 – one from each state.

      • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

        Plus two more he didn’t visit.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          He didn’t visit Hawaii and Alaska because they “wouldn’t let” him (apparently “they” being his marketing team). So, if they didn’t let The Jackass go to Hawaii and Alaska, I doubt they’ll let any jackasses be brought from there.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Ha Ha! Gotcha.

    • bbroome62

      That reminds me. how many mules does it take to screw in a light bulb?

      • Your favorite Clete

        None – they outlaw the light bulb and then give billions to an off-shore company to develop an alternative light source. That company then fails and goes BK, and when GOP sends a bill through the House to repeal the light bulb ban, they’re called obstructionists and responsible for the failure of the company, which later will be found to be a shell company, owned by a Democrat donor.

        • bbroome62

          Excellent.

      • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        17 and a half.

        Trust me, I’m a scientist.

        • bbroome62

          I can’t argue with that.

    • Attila

      Immediate action = Bonus and pay increase.

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      Well, whatever the number, better add two for Sister Sarah at his church ….

  • Republicanvet

    Next headline from AJC: AJC twitter intern fired after discovery of hidden Tea Party connections.

    • colonialmarine

      Who would have thought the AJC’s mediamonkey was a Monty Python fan…

      TITLE IN: We apologise for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible have been sacked.
      then:
      Mynd you, m00se bites Kan be pretty nasti …
      TITLE OUT:

      TITLE IN: We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.
      FADE OUT:

      full “Holy Grail” credit reel ,runtime 3 min 30 sec compleate with the sacking of the dancing llamas
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SII-jhEd-a0

      • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        A m00se once bit mi syster…

  • Jimni27

    I don’t think it helps the guys name is Willie Lynch either.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Will the tweeter be lynched, is the question we should all be asking long about now…

    • DeadlockVictim

      Will he lynch who?

      • E Quilibrate

        I bet damn few got that one.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Alan Grayson is on the case right now. He had to elbow Eric Holder out of the way to do it, but, there you are…

  • Danny Wheeler

    AJC has just learned today that “Twitchy is Foh-Evah!”

  • Smart Grunt

    I’ll admit, I laughed. But that’s because I’ve spent enough time with the grunts to love racial humor. My favorite line I heard in defense of the humor, “If we can’t laugh at people for being different, how can we be expected to kill them?”

  • BoscoBolt

    Read the history of ’40 acres and a mule’ …

    http://www.theroot.com/views/truth-behind-40-acres-and-mule

    • WhoMeToo
    • Hiraghm

      Wow… that’s fascinating. If it’s accurate (I trust no revisions, these days) it says a lot more about the effects of the Confederate War than some folks will ever admit.

    • LLouM

      And to think the proposal and implimentation of reparations was instituted by Republicans, and was voided by a Democrat, President Andrew Johnson.

  • John

    I don’t get it.

    • bbroome62

      Me neither. I guess conservatives are getting on that play the race card bandwagon which the libs invented.

  • lordhelmet

    What if he won $2M? Would they throw in some chickens too?

  • rssllue

    Good thing they are “working” on it. I am sure they will take a hard-line on the offenders.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    The person who wrote that tweet might have commenting on how lotteries are disproportionately patronized by impoverished minorities, whose neighborhoods are sometimes blanketed with lottery ads. “The lottery is a tax on the poor.” – http://www.businessinsider.com/lottery-is-a-tax-on-the-poor-2012-4

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      But when you talk about poor minorities and lottery advertising, you need to go after guns in the minority community, too– namely, the ones being held to their heads FORCING them to spend money on Lotto tix.

      (I actually agree with you, BTW– minorities ARE targeted. The big sin is that their so-called champions allow them to be so exploited.)

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        There have been some attempts to stem the heavy ad presence by the lottery, alcohol, and tobacco industries in poor neighborhoods. I recall a case from several years ago here in NYC where a civil rights group lost after the New York County (Manhattan) court ruled that setting advertising limits on specific products violated the free speech of the corporations. I think there’s been some success elsewhere, though.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          My father once told me that in our town, department stores were closed on Sunday because of “Blue Laws,” so I asked him why those stores were open on Sundays in December.
          “Because the stores pay a fine.”

          “But if the town REALLY wants the stores to close on Sundays, why don’t they go to court and force them?”
          “Because the town would rather collect the money.”

          Politicians don’t REALLY want poor people to stop boozing, smoking and betting– they’d rather collect the tax money.
          Wake up, Joe.

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          Kind of a ‘slippery slope’ don’t ya think Joe?

          • JoeMyGodNYC

            It can be, yes. I’m not necessarily in favor if giving politicians the power of approving what can be advertised, but there’s long been some restrictions of booze and cigs. I can sort of see how the lottery could be lumped in as another addiction.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Still no indication of attempts to curb Planned Parenthood in those same neighborhoods eh Joe?
          Gotta keep them numbers low huh Joe.

      • E Quilibrate

        Their champions not only allow, they encourage it.

    • Your favorite Clete

      “The lottery is a tax on the poor stupid.”

      FIFY, Joe.

      • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

        These same people believe that a Vegas Casino paying a 97% return on slots means they are going to make out like bandits. Spin’s favorite joke was, “I keep prayin’ to win the lottery, and the other day God finally answered me, said I got to meet him half way and buy a ticket.”

        UH does/did a yearly study of lottery players in the state of Texas. The results surprised me; the highest percentage of players in Texas had incomes greater that $100K a year. Search for “UH lottery player demographics”. I got into an argument with Spin about this, and at least for Texas, turned out I was wrong.

        I believe it turns out to be aligned more along math skills and knowledge of statistics and probability, rather than income level.

        And yeah, I miss the guy.

    • JBDestiny

      You know what else they get disproportionately? Taxpayer handouts for everything from food to medical care to cell phones to housing. And their neighborhoods are targeted by people getting them to sign up for all the goodies. So why shouldn’t they spend their money on lottery tickets and track races?

    • LegalizeShemp

      The lottery is not a tax, it’s gambling, and a very poor gamble at that. Play blackjack, much better odds.

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        I’ve only been to Vegas once and after six hours in the casino, I left bearing my cash-out ticket for exactly one penny. A pretty good value for a full night of fun. (Not to mention the free booze.) I should frame that ticket.

        • ObamaFail

          My dad went to Vegas in his younger days with my Uncles. My dad said after 2 hours he managed to win $100, and he said that’s when he called it done. He said that if he kept on, he’d end up giving them back that $100 and whatever else was in his pockets, so he said he went to enjoy some shows instead.

          • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

            THe Splash-Tacular, Night at La Cage Aux Follies, and Comedy shows at Riviera are (were, I haven;t been back to Vegas since) PDG! Jawamax 8<{D}

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          I went in ’92 with my Grandma and her first Cousin…We stayed at the Riviera, and one morning, I snuck across to the Diner at Circus Circus for breakfast.. Good times.. And the Buffet was excellent! Jawamax 8<{D}

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        STRIP TEXAS HOLD ‘EM! XD LOL Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Where are the folks who force the poor to buy lottery tickets? That should be against the law!

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Any else get the feeling when we see stupid sh*t like this, it’s from the mind of some recent college grad or intern? Ya know, the generation that was never told, “That’s inappropriate.”

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Anyone else get the feeling that such remarks are just the newest way “pour epater les bourgeois,” the way profanity used to be, since “Carlin’s Seven Words” are no longer offensive?

      • Your favorite Clete

        Honestly, the masses don’t care – look at TV and movies, particularly HBO and the like. I think it’s a deficit in conservative educators, at ALL levels of education.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        It was “Seven Dirty Words” by George Carlin and there is a difference between cussing on TV and publication using social media to take a racial dig. I am old enough to remember the days when those associated with the news displayed tact, class, respect and integrity. Sadly, those days are gone. Now that generations behind me are in the news business, it’s anything goes with no shame for what they express because they are a group of people who were never probably schooled in the areas of respect, class and how to be appropriate.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          My point was that the actual tweeter, who I am sure did not do so with the A J-C’s blessing (I would hope not!), felt a childish need to be offensive, and that in this day and age, racial remarks accomplish that feat, in a way that using the “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” (to give it its full proper title) would not do.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            Regardless of the monologue’s title, my point was that generations today are raised with the mindset that anything goes without a single thought of what they say being inappropriate, rude, inconsiderate. I’m not understanding how that has any connection to a funny monologue that challenged the FCC. I’m talking about a mindset and behavior of the generations behind me.

          • MurphTacular

            How can you guys castigate liberals for demanding political correctness on the one hand, but allowing boorish comments on the other? Isn’t that inconsistent?

          • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

            Easy, Murph…George Carlin was NOT a Republican/Conservative, by ANY measure. That’s how. Jawamax 8<{D}

          • Michelle ✓classified

            It was pretty awesome around here when you disappeared, what a shame you returned and are still wearing your Liberal cheerleading outfit and waving the pom-poms. I would explain my point to you a bit further since you’re confused (as usual), but you’re simply not worth expending the finger energy.

          • MurphTacular

            The point’s simple: Conservatives lambast ‘political correctness’ which concerns inappropriate speech. So, how can the AJC person you believe to be the result of that society also have never been told what’s inappropriate? You can’t have it both ways …

          • Michelle ✓classified

            And my point continues to fly in circles right over your head. Listen, you’re straight up boring. You play Devil’s advocate just for the sake of playing that game. This is the last time I’ll be replying to a comment left by you. You are a total waste of perfectly good screen space, I won’t read any of your comments again.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Actually, Mr. Carlin’s routine was called “The Seven Words you Can’t say on Television”. I’m not sure which of his Comedy albums it’s from, but he’s done it numerous times on (Premium) Cable.. Jawamax 8<{D}

    • MurphTacular

      I love how some folks paint with such broad brushes. How many millions, educated by how many thousands, exactly were “never told, ‘That’s inappropriate'”? We have no idea about this person’s age, background, etc. But, nonetheless we’re already prepared to castigate the individual’s teachers, parents and community at large for this mistake. Awesome!

      • Michelle ✓classified

        Oh absolutely. There is behavior these days from younger generations that never would have flown decades ago. Absolutely. I was raised in an era where if you couldn’t do the coursework, you were held to repeat that grade. Now, everyone moves forward…even when they can’t do the work. Younger folks are incredibly inconsiderate these days – act like animals in a restaurant, loud, boisterous, rude to the servers, etc. Never say please, thank you or hold doors open. Think the entire world revolves around them because they’re parents told them it does. Will be extremely rude and disrespectful to anyone because it’s now called “child abuse” for backhanding a kid across the mouth when they’re out-of-line. We didn’t get trophies for participating, we got trophies because we played hard and won, and our wittle feewings weren’t hurt when we didn’t. I was also raised in an era when a child had an outburst in class, the child was held accountable, sent to the principal and parents called in. These days, the teacher is blamed, the child is coddled and they parents demand to know “What did you do to my kid!” And absolutely blame the community and society, you bet.

    • Republicanvet

      Not to be overly snarky, but do you ever get the feeling most recent college grads would not have a clue about the history behind what was said?

      • Michelle ✓classified

        Yep.

  • bbroome62

    So this is now considered a coded racial slur? k

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      You’re the first person anywhere in this article to use the word “slur”.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        bbroome called it was it is – are you arguing with that or applauded the honesty?

      • bbroome62

        What do I win?

  • arttie

    Next up, AJC hires former WH national security adviser to run their Tweeting and blogging.

  • Hiraghm

    What’s wrong with the tweet, again?

    You mean we have to hide any reference to the fact that during Reconstruction Democrats were trying to bribe blacks for their votes by offering 40 acres and a mule?

    “Cause we’re your friends” (background quote from Gone With the Wind”)

    • JoeMyGodNYC

      Actually the forty acres and a mule were by decree of General William Sherman, who was a Republican. As was his brother, US Sen. John Sherman, who was a major force in the abolition movement. Many wanted Gen. Sherman to run for president, but you’ve probably heard his legendary refusal at the Republican National Convention in 1884: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        I can recommend a really interesting biography about the general: “The White Tecumseh.” It’s too fawning for some people, but there are lots of fascinating anecdotes about that era.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        When you said “Sherman,” I thought you meant William Tecumseh Sherman, the famous Civil war General who coined the (Famous) quote, “War is Hell.” Sorry about that, old bean. Up-vote in spirit, tho.. Jawamx 8<{D}

  • Fran Farmington

    Or he can buy a couple of dinners with Obama at the White House.

  • Janice LEE

    Is ok because some of their best friends are black.

  • Doc Farmer ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Mules? At $1M, Polo Ponies!!!

    • Diane Stephan

      Or as Ralph Kramden would say. “a string of Poloponies.”

  • LegalizeShemp

    “Ten Steps to the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation” by Willie Makit

    • Marvin Nelson

      Illustrated by Betty Wont.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    This on top of the NUMEROUS other examples of blatant democrat racism.
    When asked for comment: Republicans!!!

  • twinx

    Shorter AJC: We were caught.

  • ObamaFail

    I’ve already told my Dad what I would do if I ever won the lottery. First, I’m going to dance (which I am a horrible dancer so that would be a horrifying sight). Then I’m going to lie down.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      If I won a substantial Lottery Jackpot, I’d give $1 million to each family member to (LEGALLY) use it as they please (But that’s all they get!) Then, I’d put $1 Million into 10 different savings accounts and live off the interest (at 5-1/4%); I’d travel the World, and start a NASCAR Team. But the Jackpot has to be big (at least $200 million).. Jawamax 8<{D}

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Oh yeah, and I would donate large sums to Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and other worthy causes. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • MurphTacular

    What’s also interesting here – aside from the bizarre initial tweet – is that twitchy.com seems to be castigating AJC solely for deleting a tweet. What are they supposed to do? Retweet it?
    And the AJC doesn’t deny responsibility when they formulated a timely apology. Unclear as to what the continued rancor and vitriol is about here … Sure, the initial tweet’s rotten, but I see nothing wrong with the AJC’s subsequent actions, including the tweet’s deletion.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    #AltalntaUrinalConstipation #RushLimbaugh ‘Nuff said. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • LeighLeigh

    Can’t we just all get along? Can’t we just joke? I thought it was funny and I realize had it been a white republican that said that, he would have been tarred and feathered.

  • Erik Bartlam

    I always thought that 40 acre and a mule jokes were about not getting what was promised. I don’t understand how this is racist.
    I used to get that in certain parts of town…”Hey were’s my 40 acres?”…”Hey bill collector…where’s my mule?” Stuff like that.

  • Ronald Green

    I’m sorry, but I’m so used to living near and working with Black folks that I see where this would actually be humorous to them. But I am talking about fly over country and not them ‘special’ city people, so I really don’t see how this is “Raaacist”.

  • old_ogre

    Aww hell! the whole damn thing was funny! I thought it was all made up, people need to lighten up just a tad and focus on the more important things in life!