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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

On Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. Roll Call‘s esteemed gossip column HOH tweeted an odd message to readers:  “Heard on the Hill will not publish today due to lack of energy and zero cleverness. Check back in tomorrow. #onlypartofthisstatementisfact”

When we tried to get to the bottom of what this meant, we learned a couple of things. For starters, HOH Writer Neda Semnani wrote the tweet and is responsible for the HOH Twitter handle. Secondly, Roll Call PR says the note was “a joke.” Third, HOH published on both Wednesday and Thursday, so that not publishing part? That was humor. The main reason Semnani’s message fell short is that it succeeded in causing confusion and little else.

Semnani remarked to FishbowlDC: “HOH is as reliable as the US postal service and sometimes as grumpy.”

And from Spokeswoman Rebecca Gale: “Yes, the tweet is written as a joke (the reference being the ‘only part of this statement is fact’ hashtag) and I can confirm that HoH will continue to publish it’s lovely and clever self in every edition of Roll Call.”

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