No stranger to controversy, Steve Forbes, CEO and editor of Forbes magazine
and former Republican presidential (primary) candidate, launched a whole new uproar today when he used his Twitter
account to address an upside of the death of Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd.
It wasn't the medium that brought Forbes a slew of negative attention, but rather the message. Take a look at the tweet he posted this afternoon.
The liberal blogosphere was predictably outraged at Forbes' remarks, with bloggers at Gawker
and Think Progress
all criticizing him for apparent callousness in the wake of the passing of the nation's longest-serving senator.
While several writers acknowledged that Forbes was probably correct in assuming the contentious financial reform bill will be held up until a replacement for Byrd is announced, they took umbrage at Forbes' using Byrd's death to make a political point antithetical to the senator's goals in life. Forbes later walked back from his remarks, tweeting the following "clarifications," but offering scant (read: zero) apologies.