The Guy Who Accidentally Started the “Retweets Don’t Equal Endorsements” Meme

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May 20 2014 6:45 PM

The Guy Who Started “Retweets Don’t Equal Endorsements”

The Gist with Mike Pesca on the reporter who accidentally started a Twitter meme.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Justin Lane/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 12 of Slate’s The Gist:

Today on The Gist, we ask what it would be like to take the worst thing that has ever happened to you and see it displayed in a famous new building with a gift shop. We spoke with BuzzFeed’s Steve Kandell about his Sunday visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

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Then, Patrick LaForge from the New York Times tells us the origin story behind a certain ubiquitous Twitter disclaimer that’s attached itself to social media like a barnacle. For Mike’s Spiel, he considers the North Korean pop star who shocked the world by actually being alive.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.