Here’s the tweet:
I agree. We all know thorough cooking kills E. coli. What a waste. MT @lyechtel: Is there no way to cook it so its safe and feed the hungry?
— Danielle Smith (@ABDanielleSmith) October 21, 2012
Here’s the explanation:
Danielle Smith says she made a mistake when she suggested in a weekend tweet that XL Foods meat should have been delivered to Alberta’s poor rather than tossed into a landfill. But the Wildrose leader says she misjudged the public’s lack of understanding and awareness that 5.5 million kilograms of XL Foods beef had passed inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and could be safely consumed. “I would have to say that if you can’t explain something in 140 characters you shouldn’t try to talk about it on Twitter,” Smith told reporters at the legislature Monday. “I have learned a lesson there. It was a mistake to re-tweet it — quite obviously when you look at the reaction of the public.”
Here’s the story.
And here’s the lecture: society’s responsibility to the poor, often poo-pooed by empathy-deficient conservatives, is not served by the sharing of brainless ideas about serving rejected meat to people in poverty.
Danielle Smith carelessly tweeted an ignorant and uncivilized idea that suggests an egregious lack of understanding of the plight of the less fortunate. I’m glad she was called on it.