Breaking or BREAKING News

by Heather Keroes

“Breaking:  Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” tweeted The Associated Press Tuesday afternoon.  But, it wasn’t really the AP.  The account was hacked, the White House was not bombed and the POTUS, certainly not injured.

You might suspect that for the brief moments the tweet was live a small panic ensued.  Whatever the case may be, any uproar was seemingly squelched thanks to syntax and good old AP style (or a lack thereof).  The hacker didn’t follow them!  As @prsarahevans and others have posted, the tweet did not match up with the formula AP strictly adheres to on Twitter, so quite a few people cried foul right away.

Sometimes it helps to read between the lines.

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