Vice President Mike Pence and his family lost one of their beloved pets this week.
Second Lady Karen Pence announced the sad news about Pickle, the family’s “sweet kitty of 16 years”:
We will all miss Pickle, our very chatty, sweet kitty of 16 years. pic.twitter.com/X4xx8nH6vN
— Karen Pence (@SecondLady) December 7, 2017
So Newsweek posted an article titled “Mike Pence’s Pets Won’t Stop Dying”:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 8, 2017
This tweet was in June, after losing another cat, Oreo:
Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much. pic.twitter.com/0Ar9Sr5kpz
— Karen Pence (@SecondLady) June 10, 2017
And this October 2016 tweet, after they lost their beagle, Maverick:
Heavy hearts today. Our beagle of 13 years passed away quietly last night. Rest In Peace, Maverick. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/JPnFvsHB3Y
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 26, 2016
The article by writer John Haltiwanger is actually sensitive to the Pence family’s losses, as well as their love of pets — which the headline belies.
As a result, some Twitter users didn’t take too kindly to it:
Please for your sake, and the sake of your friends & family; Find your soul. You’ve lost it somewhere between 2008 & 2016.
— Gardrail (@Gardrail) December 8, 2017
@Newsweek – you’re a despicable bunch of a-holes!
— Bucky KattAZ (@buckykattaz) December 8, 2017
This is a rude post, and I dont even have any pets.
— Trina (@RedVinoPlease) December 8, 2017
What is wrong with you? Seriously! What. Is. Wrong. With. You? Didn’t you used to be a news magazine?
— Sandy (@s_j67) December 8, 2017
Think about this, someone at Newsweek got paid for putting this “journalism” out there. Someone else got paid to greenlight it. Can I get a job there? You people obviously are lacking in people with good sense.
— yassir sanches (@Olinecoacher) December 8, 2017
Perhaps a lesson to be learned?
Clearly, the headline doesn’t match the content of the article.
In today’s fast-paced world of social media, let alone people who tend to comment on or share posts based solely on reading headlines, that can be a troublesome predicament.
For all concerned.