I tweeted a sarcastic tweet the other day, and ended up on national TV, as part of what will probably come to be known as the most ridiculous of all parent blogging controversies ever.
So there's this dad blogger who writes, in an offhand way, apropos of almost nothing, that he favors his older son over the younger one. This inspires a bunch of comments saying how mean he is for writing that, and how his youngest will probably read it and hate him one day.
Then he writes a post to clarify his original one. This is the point at which he could have said: "Well, that was a poor choice of words. What I really meant to say is that I like the 5-year old stage better than the 2-year old stage." That would have been only a little dicky rather than flat-out cruel. But instead, he attempts a very risky stunt: He simultaneously backpedals and doubles down. He says that he only likes the older kid better because he's more fun right now and can do more stuff, and his relationship with the younger child is still developing. That sounds a little more reasonable, right? But. Instead of conceding that maybe he should have phrased it differently, he essentially says, "And if that's what 'favorite' means, then, yeah...he's my favorite. You know you've got a favorite too. You should admit it. Feels good." It's almost like he's being controversial on purpose, to get some pageviews and media attention or something.
Oh, hey. He does get a bunch of attention! This becomes "news," and international media outlets cover the "story." The blogger sticks to his guns on all the interviews he does, and never admits that there's any problem with announcing his favoritism on the internet and now on TV. His statements are preserved in countless forums across the internet, which his kids will certainly run across one day. (For their sake, I hope they recognize it as one of wacky ol' Dad's ploys to get famous.)