No Laughing Matter (Updated)

CNN’s Brian Stelter is a must-follow on twitter. While some media personality twitter feeds don’t show much personality, Stelter’s is a virtual window into his thoughts. And it’s fair and balanced–far-left Trump haters get retweeted, but so do media establishment Trump haters.

Thursday night Mr. Stelter issued the following:

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This was a retweet + comment from Stelter; in this case the pointing fingers constituted Stelter’s contribution. A perfectly reasonable RT, even though it’s devoid of any actual details, sourcing, or verification. But maybe that’s why Stelter pointed to it with only three fingers.

This, however, was not the first time Brian Stelter issued this tweet. That happened a few minutes earlier:

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This is an artist’s conception of how that tweet looked; it was deleted before a screen grab could be made. But it was seen, however briefly, by any Stelter follower watching their timeline when he sent it. The Cable Gamer has confirmation from others that they also saw this tweet, and its peculiar, inexplicable extra emoji: the laughing face.

What was Brian Stelter trying to tell us with the laughing face? That it’s funny more classified information was being made public? That CNN’s nonpartisan media reporter was happy to see Trump unable to stop the flow of government leakers? Your Cable Gamer asked that very question:

More than three hours and over a dozen Stelter twitter entries later, CNN’s fearless media critic has not replied.

UPDATE: 

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    • Sydney Bloom

      This post updated with Brian Stelter’s explanation: a typo. I’m not familiar enough with the fine points of twitter to know how likely or not this is–it took me a while just to figure out how to type an emoji into a tweet but when I did so, the laughing face was in an entirely different group from the pointing finger. The Cable Gamer is the furthest thing from an expert on this so Mr. Stelter’s statement stands.

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