The intrepid, social media savvy New York Times
media reporter Brian Stelter pulled an Anthony Weiner—he tweeted a message that was supposed to be a direct message.
Thankfully for Stelter, the message didn’t involve anything carnal, but instead the details of a story he was working on, plus his phone number.
The tweet said:
“I'm hearing that Amanpour is formally out of ‘This Week’—though only from a single source—are you hearing the same? 212-556-4668”
He was referring to Christine Amanpour. Rumors have swirled that she’s planning to return to CNN.
Stelter’s tweet was retweeted numerous times, and he quickly followed it up with this tweet
“Well that was embarrassing. That was supposed to be a DM.”
To his credit, Stelter didn’t delete the original tweet. He explained why in another tweet
“3 reasons I didn't delete accidental tweet: people had already read it; some had retweeted it; it needed to be explained.”
Turns out the source he referenced was the New York Post
’s “Page Six.” Stelter published a blog post this afternoon on The New York Times
website on the alleged Amanpour move