Louis Peitzman earned his spot in the Twitter Hall of Shame not for a tweet of his own but for a story about someone else’s hacked tweet. The Gawker writer falsely accused entertainment reporter Sam Rubin (@samontv) of posting a racist tweet about rapper Young Berg (@TheRealYoungBerg).
"I don’t expect to get a basket of flowers from Gawker," Rubin wrote on his KTLA.com blog. "But certainly an apology and correction would be nice. Their ‘reporting’ was simply lazy and slipshod and flat out wrong.” Rubin got an apology — though only in the comments of Peitzman’s blog post, not in the text or on Peitzman’s Twitter account, and Peitzman chose the word “updated” rather than “corrected” for the headline.
Berg, meanwhile, gave Rubin a hug on the air and tweeted that “me and @samontv are homies!” “I never really took it as if it was something true because it just seemed suspect,” Berg said of the hacked tweet.
UPDATE: Peitzman changed his Twitter account to “protected” status after this entry was published.