DISGUSTING! Reporter Cracks Sick Joke at Expense of WWII Heroes

UPDATE: The reporter has since unblocked me and sent me a response: "Not making fun of anybody. Tremendous respect. Just noticed the coincidence; wondered if it was intentional. Sorry if you were offended."

By Todd Starnes/Twitter

An Indiana news reporter caused a bit of a stir on  Twitter after he made a derogatory comment about maritime disaster in the history of the U.S. Navy. 

On Sunday, Gov. Eric Holcomb attended the 72nd reunion of survivors of the USS Indianapolis - sunk in 1945 by a Japanese submarine. Smithsonian Magazine estimates as many as 150 sailors died from shark attacks. 

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"I was awestruck to hear the stories and meet the survivors of the #USSIndianapolis at their 72nd reunion," the governor wrote on Twitter. 

Dan Carden, a reporter for The Times of Northwest Indiana, responded to the governor's tweet with his own message.

"It has got to be a coincidence that they do this during Shark Week, right? Right?" he wrote. 

One of my astute readers sent me a copy of Carden's post. 

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it," the reader told me. "Mr. Carden made a punchline of these surviving heroes who risked their lives for so many. These heroes deserve our admiration and respect, not heckling."

I reached out to Carden through his Twitter account - to find out if he'd been hacked or if in fact he made a lame attempt at a joke. 

Instead of responding to my inquiry -- he blocked me.