Mayor Rob Ford – or at least whoever runs the mayor’s Twitter account – might want to double-check what time it is today.
Ford’s account tweeted out a reminder to folks last night about the time change.
The only problem is that tweet was wrong – the clocks are supposed to go forward an hour overnight not back an hour.
Leave it to the Ford camp to turn a simple time change into another embarrassing episode for the embattled mayor.
Other people on Twitter – who remembered that you spring forward/fall back when it comes to daylight saving time – were pretty quick to point this out and crack more jokes at the mayor’s expense.
It is worth mentioning Ford has testified under oath that he doesn’t run his own Twitter account (it came up during his conflict of interest trial) so it is entirely possible the mayor had nothing to do with this blunder and is aware the clocks spring forward this weekend and fall back in the fall.
Ford’s Twitter account eventually got it right.
The original tweet was deleted and this one went out:
Hopefully all the clocks will be right in the mayor’s office on Monday.
Meanwhile, Ford’s rival David Soknacki – who appears to run his own Twitter account – tweeted this last night:
Quite the contrast between these two mayoral candidates even on Twitter.
Dan Jacobs, Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff, confirmed Sunday that he was the one who tweeted the daylight saving time tweet from the mayor’s Twitter account.
Here is what Jacobs told me via email on Sunday:
“This was my error, I had just been talking with friends that it’s spring forward, and when I posted the tweet I wrote it backwards.”
The story of Ford’s Twitter account messing up daylight saving time was picked up by several U.S. media outlets on Sunday.
Unfortunately, USA TODAY ended up making its own Twitter error – tweeting out a photo of Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, with the story rather than Rob Ford.
Five minutes later, the newspaper tweeted out a correction: