And Speaking Of Dumb

On my Friday post I mentioned a new Florida law that would prohibit doctors from talking to their clients about guns. And after I posted that, I saw this. It seems some US Senate staffers were sending out publicly available tweets, but including a disclaimer that the comments were “off the record.” Let’s think about that for a minute. The tweets are publicly available, by choice. The staffers could have limited the access with simple tools provided by Twitter. But having made the tweets available to anyone who wanted to see them, the same staffers were essentially telling reporters “you can’t use this in a story.” This is what is known in legal circles as trying to “unring the bell.” It’s also a pretty shoddy attempt at avoiding accountability. Guess those staffers have learned from the best!