I am not sure what is more disturbing about this story? That the Secret Service is monitoring Fox News? Or that the Secret Service even has a Twitter account? What can they possibly have to tweet about? Or even should they? Are not they supposed to be SECRET? Why then tweet on social media? I have to say that this is a strange, puzzling story. So how did this all unfold and what are its implications?
Apparently, a member of the Secret Service′s Public Affairs office was watching Fox News and tweeted the following on Twitter: ″Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can′t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.″ The tweet was deleted a short while later. The Secret Service then issued an apology for the tweet.
″An employment with access to the Secret Service′s Twitter account, who mistakenly believed they were on their personal account, posted an unapproved and inappropriate tweet. We apologize for this mistake, and the user no longer has access to our official account. Policies and practices which would have prevented this were not followed and will be reinforced for all account users.″
So the Secret Service apologizes for the negative Twitter tweet about Fox News. There are still many unanswered questions. For example, what story on Fox News were they monitoring? Was it a particular story or was it a particular host, such as Glenn Beck? What is the criteria for the Secret Service to take the time and monitor any news network or program? These are subjects I am curious about concerning this story. There is just something very odd about all of this. Perhaps the line from the old Capitol Steps song is appropriate…″The Secret Service makes me nervous…″