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.”
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.
“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.