Obama adviser for communications strategy accidentally tweets N-word in response to journalist
Dan Pfeiffer, an assistant and senior adviser to President Obama, made the typo while corresponding with New York Times National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin during a conversation about the government shutdown.
A top Obama aide, who advises the President on communications strategy, made an egregious error in a hurriedly posted tweet, mistakenly typing the N-word when he meant to type the word “bigger.”
Dan Pfeiffer sloppily wrote “also a much n—-r factor on the right” in a thread directed at New York Times National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin about the government shutdown.
Martin had been praising an NBC analysis piece about the cause of the shutdown, citing anarchy in the political parties and the rise of social media.
At first Pfeiffer agreed with the article, writing “It’s a very smart point and massive factor in political polarization.”
Journalist Lachlan Markay caught the error, retweeting the message even though Pfeiffer deleted the posting.
Just moments later, he decided to add a follow-up comment, which he apparently forgot to proofread.
The Twittersphere was shocked Tuesday when they spotted the posting, with BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray declaring it the “worst typo ever.”
Pfeiffer, who typed the tweet from his official White House account, quickly deleted the message.
“Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies,” he tweeted in embarrassment.