Proving once again how vastly out of touch the media are with everyday America, the Washington Post managed to insult every single American living outside a major city in a single tweet, by suggesting rural residents don’t have smartphones.
Late Thursday evening, WaPo actually tweeted out this story, complete with its own incredibly condescending headline:
Rural towns in the eclipse’s path brace for a flood of smartphone-toting visitors https://t.co/lEeLdsh4Fp— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 4, 2017
Whether the Washington Post thinks country bumpkins are too poor to own iPhones, too dumb to know how to operate them, or that modern technology simply hasn't spread that far into the sticks isn't immediately clear. (Though on all accounts, they'd be wrong.)
Thankfully, the Post's tweet was immediately met with an onslaught of mockery from Twitter users pointing out the newspaper’s ignorance and overt classism.
What in tarnation is a smart phone?— Jeff Yeah! (@JeffOutLoud) August 4, 2017
*dials the local newspaper on my rotary phone*
THE YANKEES ARE COMING! THE YANKEES ARE COMING!
Do these city slicker visitors also have them there indoor toilets I saw in a picture book?— J (@redneckawesum) August 4, 2017
Idiots Rural doesnt mean cut off from society.
"Them folk come 'round here carryin' them Magic Boxes they'z usin' ta make them instant paintin's. I bet the metal sky birds brought'em!"— cbedit (@CB_Editorialist) August 4, 2017
One of those newfangled doohickeys, Luther. Pass the moonshine.— Joel Engel (@joelengel) August 4, 2017
Looking forward to Nat Geo's new show "Eclipse Path People". Or I would if we had cable TV here in the Savage Middle Lands.— Crowbi wan Kenobi (@Crowesq) August 4, 2017
'Cause all us toothless rubes ain't never seen none o' them fancy talky-boxes wit' touchscreens 'n'nat.— Chrissy (@wildcat_media) August 4, 2017
Are you out of your freaking minds?
Dagnabit, no! We had enough trouble when Lawyer Douglas and his fancy wife come to Hooterville!— Tom Hennigan (@scolaighe) August 4, 2017
Shazam!!! You mean I ain't gotta climb no telephone pole anymore?! 🙄🙄— Steve Mitchell (@mitch39a) August 4, 2017
Jesus Mary and Joseph... what'doya think, we're using carrier pigeons out here? #CosmopolitanBias— Hope (@HopeH_67) August 4, 2017
I hope you realize this is positively the most tone deaf headline your publication has produced to date, and that's saying something.— Elisabeth Polson (@mollydooker) August 4, 2017
If you're still scratching your head as to how Donald Trump became the President of the United States, this just might give you a clue.