It may not have been the way President Obama wanted it, or Donald Trump for that matter, but on the night of the president's farewell address a bizarre topic showed up on Twitter's trending list displacing social media engagement regarding his speech.
The farewell address—a fifty-minute long stemwinder with some attendees paying thousands to witness it—was swamped with social media reaction to the dubiously sourced “Russian intelligence document” that Buzzfeed splayed on the Internet for readers to gawk at.
Buzzfeed's Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith effectively admitted that the document's legitimacy could not be ascertained.
Even CNN got in on the action; all posited with disclaimers about the veracity of the sourcing, and of course, the admission up front that all of it could be bunk, but, you know, 'what do you think about it'?
Nonetheless, the giddiness from America's elite commentariat about the report was unrestrainable.
Once again, down the rabbit hole of post-Trump journalism we go...
The more sober adults in the room spoke up.
One of the more disturbing accusations to come out of the document (and that's really what it's all about, the nature of the allegations), turned into a top-trending topic that had to be seen to be believed. It was, ahem, “Golden showers.”
We'll leave it to the imagination of the reader what that means and not repeat unsourced allegations here. Needless to say, it's not referring to Scrooge McDuck-like money baths.
The amazing trending topic certainly grabbed the attention of several pundits, who noted the irony.
Twitchy pointed out the bottom line.
Although the accusations are baseless, and are planted within a document rife with errors, the top-trending topic did accomplish one thing, it became the talk of Twitter on a night when the president was expecting to get all the attention to himself.