— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) January 30, 2013
Wow. Via the Atlantic: Gabby Giffords' handwritten notes for today's remarks. http://t.co/4sodDV6l
— Amma Marfo (@ammamarfo) January 30, 2013
If you see only one thing on the internet today… Gabby Giffords's Handwritten Notes for Her Testimony to the Senate: http://t.co/J4KrVp4r
— Nadja Popovich (@PopovichN) January 30, 2013
… the childlike nature of Giffords's handwritten note is both beautiful and so so horrible https://t.co/X6usZR1S …
— Jimmy Guterman (@jimmyguterman) January 30, 2013
"Speaking is difficult but I need to say something." Look at Gabby Giffords's handwritten notes from today: http://t.co/k6KpGplI
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) January 30, 2013
From the Washington Post to The Atlantic to Buzzfeed to to Think Progress to Business Insider to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, the touching photo of former Rep. Gabby Giffords’s “handwritten testimony” in favor of stricter gun control spread across social media like wildfire.
— john dodig (@johnjdodig) January 30, 2013
— Jason Haber (@jasonhaber) January 30, 2013
— Patrick Dillon (@mpdillon) January 30, 2013
Just one problem: It wasn’t her handwriting.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 30, 2013
@michellemalkin Her speech therapist. Hope you are well.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) January 30, 2013
Here’s a screencap of the correction at the bottom of the Washington Post’s photo, which still maintains the headline depicted above:
Yes, even real journalists make mistakes. Some matter more materially than others. This one was not insignificant given the widespread emotional reaction it provoked and the bearing that has on the public police and political debate.