If Meg Whitman creates one job during her campaign, it could very well go to a pink lingerie-clad Japanese bassist.
The Whitman campaign inadvertently promoted an amateur YouTube performer while trying to advertise an endorsement from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Association. On Twitter. Fail.
The Tweet was spot-on until the very end: “SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime. http://bit.ly/bNCAV”
But according to the Los Angeles Times, though, the shortened link was meant to include the letter “r” at the end.
If you include an “r”, it takes you to this page.
The inaccurate link in the Tweet, by contrast, takes you to this YouTube video:
The video has now been viewed almost 800,000 times.
Whitman (or rather her campaign manager) is not the first public figure to be burned by an erroneous bit.ly
Back in January, then-Fox News correspondent Major Garrett (now of National Journal) accidentally…well, just take a look.
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