California prosecutor placed on leave over vulgar social media attacks on Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama
On Monday, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said he had placed his office's top gang prosecutor, Michael Selyem, on paid administrative leave during an investigation into vulgar and offensive social media posts. According to The San Bernardino Sun, Selyem called Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) a "loud-mouthed c--t" and said "you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now"; posted a crude photo about President Trump grabbing former first lady Michelle Obama by the penis; mocked Mexicans; and said of a victim of police shooting that the "sh--bag got exactly what he deserved."
Ramos said he learned about Selyem's Facebook and Instagram posts on June 28, and "more than several" people inside the district attorney's office and outside had complained about them. "As the district attorney, I was really concerned with comments regarding officer-involved shootings, because we handle those cases, as you know, on a daily basis," Ramos said at a news conference Monday. In the end, he added, Selyem could face "some form of disciplinary action, up to termination." Incoming District Attorney Jason Anderson said Selyem's comments are "not a reflection of the image I would like to portray of the DA's office." Selyem, 50, joined the San Bernardino district attorney's office 12 years ago. His cases are being reassigned. Peter Weber
In 9 out of 10 cases, brands using memes is a bad and not-funny idea. Incredibly, it turns out there is something that ruins a good meme even faster than a lame branded tweet, though: the U.S. military joking about killing people.
On Thursday, the United States Air Force dropped this rather alarming reference to the viral debate over whether this audio recording sounds like the word "yanny" or "laurel":
UPDATE: Air Force deletes tweet, apologizes and says the issue is being addressed "internally" pic.twitter.com/CeniY2Qp7U
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) May 17, 2018
The alarm and backlash were immediate:
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— Creative Director, Hydra (@wrongmiles) May 17, 2018
ladies and gentlemen, the worst tweet of all time https://t.co/b1V4p3wc1x
— Zach Tilly (@ZachTilly) May 17, 2018
Call me crazy, but I feel like the US Armed Forces shouldn't use the latest internet meme to brag about military operations on twitter. https://t.co/SJWDQ5nKrI
— Vicki (@v1ckster25) May 17, 2018
Some 300 members of the Taliban were reportedly killed fighting in Farah. Jeva Lange
Update 1:48 p.m. ET: The Air Force has deleted its tweet, writing: "We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed."