It’s not easy to tell just what’s going to capture the attention of the media; at any second, political Twitter could light up with reporters debating the merits of adding peas to guacamole, to the point where the president himself weighs in.
This week, it was Ollie the bobcat who managed to eclipse chatter over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Ollie, who had gone missing from her enclosure at the National Zoo, quickly achieved celebrity status and even earned a Drudge siren for her efforts.
Bobcat escapes from National Zoo…
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) January 30, 2017
I've seen one bobcat in my entire life & have spent thousands of hours in the woods. You aren't ever finding that thing by looking.
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) February 1, 2017
Wise words. After the zoo called off its search, Ollie turned up … at the zoo.
DC Zoo bobcat was found INSIDE the zoo. See, I didn't have it after all.
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) February 1, 2017
Schroedinger's Bobcat: Simultaneously escaped from and hanging out at the zoo.
— Just Karl (@justkarl) February 1, 2017
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) February 1, 2017
— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) February 1, 2017
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) February 1, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan’s office managed to capitalize on the media’s newfound obsession, tricking reporters into clicking on his press release.
Inbox from Speaker Ryan Press Office: bobcat found
— Katherine Scott (@KatherineBScott) February 1, 2017
OMG: Speaker Ryan's office just emailed out release w/ "BOBCAT FOUND" subject line. Well played. pic.twitter.com/cOUeGZ6QnE
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 1, 2017
I knew Judge Gorsuch was going to get called a lot of things, but I didn't know "bobcat" would be one of them. pic.twitter.com/X9GMdDxHpE
— Conrad Close (@conradclose) February 1, 2017
A++++ to @SpeakerRyan's office for sending out a press release w/the subject "bobcat found." (It's actually an unrelated Ryan interview)
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) February 1, 2017
Click bait! https://t.co/pFzRtVoG9u
— Bob Cusack (@BobCusack) February 1, 2017