TIME Magazine Has Greatest Unintentional Owning of Beto O'Rourke

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On Wednesday, Beto O’Rourke disrupted the press conference of Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas officials to appeal to people on the left and look as though he was doing something about mass shootings in his run for governor. But it didn’t go over well, rightly being termed a crass political stunt by many, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the officials who were on the stage having to address the tragedy.

Beto did get some positive press from the liberal media including from CNN’s Chris Cillizza, saying now was the time to use “political momentum” for gun control. It just showed how far they would go to term such a tragedy useful to their political momentum.

If he thought that it was helpful for his political campaign, he truly doesn’t understand the people of Texas who are not going to look kindly on what he did. It might help him with folks on the far left, but it isn’t going to help him with Texas voters.

But perhaps the most unintentionally funny and insulting take for Beto was from TIME, which was doubtless trying to make him appear like he was doing something stunning and brave. But in the process, as they tweeted about him confronting Abbott about “gun control,” they mistakenly called him “Beta.” The correction was something else.

“The original version of this tweet misspelled Beto O’Rourke’s name. It is Beto, not Beta.” Oh my. Was that an innocent mistake or is a TIME intern on the Twitter account more knowledgeable than we would think? Now that’s some kind of a correction. Although the response from many was that they were accurate initially and that his real name is Robert Francis. This might be one of those times that liberal media finally got something right, the first time.

Well, he wanted attention. Now he has it. Just perhaps not the kind that he intended.