In this day and age of social media, if one lives by it, or has a strong presence on social media, you could die, or at least hurt yourself, in social media too.
And 14th district Republican candidate Catalina Lauf’s campaign did just that in both a tweet and an Instagram posting earlier tonight.
In announcing her speaking in support of the 2nd amendment at the Right to Bear Arms Banquet being held in Spring Grove, and sponsored by Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, here is how the event was tweeted from Catalina Lauf’s Twitter, and my response.
(NOTE: We are aware of the Facebook conversation earlier today initiated by someone who disagrees with how McHenry County Blog is covering the 14th district Republican primary, and the sentiment of that person, and people who participated, did not influence the decision to post this article.
(Put another way, we are not running this criticism of Lauf’s campaign to appease anyone. We are being consistent in our coverage.
(It’s all part of the vetting process working, and the feedback we’ve received from the campaigns themselves on our coverage is overall positive. Differences of opinions are fine, but we will do what we are to do.):
In case you missed it, Lauf’s tweet, and her Instagram posting used “Bare” instead of “Bear”. The actual graphic slide from Second Amendment Sports was included in my response to Lauf’s tweet, and used as reference at the top of this article.
UPDATE: My response in Twitter was at 7:47PM. We noticed by 8:15, Lauf’s original tweet had been deleted, and her Instagram posting was corrected.
While it was good to see the Lauf campaign correct what appears to be an unforced error, we are reporting the incident, even after it’s been corrected because we are consistent in reporting unforced errors like this.
For example, in early June, Jim Oberweis’ campaign posted a Facebook meme critical of Sue Rezin for voting for the gas tax hike in the state senate, while claiming he voted against it. McHenry County Blog called him out, and his campaign corrected the post to reflect the fact he voted “present” instead of against it. His correction was made within 2 hours.
While it’s good to see campaigns quickly respond to careless errors, it is still news once it goes public.
And in Oberweis’ case, Capitol Fax posted screenshots of the two versions of the meme the next day.
Whether the same happens to Lauf’s unforced error remains to be seen.