December 17, 2014 8:45 am -

CNN’s idea for a hashtag backfired as spectacularly the NYPD’s tone deaf #WeHearYou hashtag in light of the recent protests over police brutality.

Go on, ask 'em a question.

Go on, ask ’em a question. I dare you. 

[su_center_ad]CNN called onTwitter users to offer up questions for a panel of police officers on an upcoming segment called “Cops Under Fire,” but as Mashable notes, the network garnered sarcastic responses.

The panel on CNN which will air on Tuesday night will consist of five officers who have used deadly force in the course of their job. The cops are to take questions from social media users responding to the campaign, and boy oh boy, do they have some ‘splainin’ to do.

Seriously CNN, it’s like you don’t even know the Internet.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to CNN’s #AskACop Backfires. Hard To Believe, Huh?

  1. dave-dr-gonzo December 17th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Nice going, CNN! It’s not their first “I am aware of all internet traditions” moment.

  2. Mainah December 17th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Does anyone in their social media department actually understand how social media works? Hello?

    • Larry Schmitt December 17th, 2014 at 9:53 am

      They’re all channeling Ted Stevens.

      • Mainah December 17th, 2014 at 10:11 am

        The former Alaskan Senator? Didn’t he die in a plane crash. Sorry, I’m having a “squirrel!” type of day. 🙂

        • Larry Schmitt December 17th, 2014 at 10:23 am

          Yes, he did. He was responsible for “the internet is a series of tubes” remark which will live forever. You can still hear it (no video) on Youtube.

          • Mainah December 17th, 2014 at 10:25 am

            Nice! I need a really good laugh today.

          • Mainah December 17th, 2014 at 10:30 am

            BAAHAAHAAHAAAAA!!!!!!!! THANKS! I needed that.


          • tiredoftea December 17th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

            Ted Stevens invented youtube torture!

  3. Tommy6860 December 17th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    As you can see, that worked out swimmingly!

    How many times do corporations, news outlets, etc, suffer similar experiences doing this with Twitter, before they get a clue? Perhaps the good thing about this is that it wasn’t done on Facebook, since a response in a 140 character limitation would’ve not been in play.

  4. Stan Ubeki December 17th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I love this series of tubes…

  5. edmeyer_able December 17th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This was my tweet

    #AskACop How many times would you shoot this person and still say they were armed?

    • whatthe46 December 17th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      love it.