In the uproar surrounding George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict Saturday evening, somebody, somewhere was going to step in it by making a crude joke that goes horribly wrong.
As recounted by Brietbart.com, Associated Press reporter Cristina Silva sent a message from her verified Twitter account @cristymsilva: “So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking.”
That’s Cristina, always classy.
Silva’s byline has appeared on a number of AP stories dating back to 2010, mostly on the blog The Big Story. Paul Colford of AP Media Relations contacted Breitbart News with a brief statement, saying, “Ms. Silva was a temporary AP staffer who hasn’t worked for AP lately. Thanks.”
One suggestion would be for AP to add a note in the reporter’s bible — the AP Stylebook — defining the word “lately,” since Silva’s last post was on July 9, 2013.
Before deleting her verified Twitter account, Silva tried to backtrack — or at least apologize — for her attempt at “humor” immediately after her July 14 tweet:
“@halscrawford I didn’t. It was a stupid joke about how some teens are annoying. I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t joke about annoying teenagers on twitter. Just don’t.”
Another tweet even blamed the joke on a dislike of Justin Bieber.
“Will not make any more Justin Bieber jokes. Ever. Sorry.”
On the reporter’s website Muck Rack, Silva continues to list her bio as “Reporter, Associated Press.”