Call it the dumbest news cycle in recent memory: Reporters and political analysts everywhere made braying jackasses of themselves Wednesday after President Donald Trump published a tweet containing a spelling error.
CNN in particular looked silly this week when its own coverage of this stupid story also included a glaring typo.
"Despite the constant negative press covfefe," the commander in chief tweeted early Wednesday morning in a note that made no sense. The president tweeted a follow-up eventually that read, "Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe'??? Enjoy!"
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Trump obviously meant to write "coverage." There is no hidden code. There's nothing deeper here than a 70-year-old man from Queens, N.Y., accidentally hitting "send" on an unfinished draft while using The Twitter.
Yet this small presidential error immediately became an irresistible topic of discussion in U.S. newsrooms. Journalist Twitter, cable news and even the major networks have weighed in on this throwaway spelling mistake. It has become a primetime news topic spanning more than 24 hours.
As if this weren't dumb enough, CNN managed somehow to stand out from the rest of the herd Wednesday by publishing on-air graphic containing a typo. Good timing, considering the specific topic of discussion.
Repeat after me: "I" before "E," except after "C."