On Election Day just before noon, Reuters ethics editor Alix Freeman warned the staff in an e-mail that “a tweet or retweet indicating any preference for a candidate may raise questions about our campaign coverage and our dedication to accuracy, fairness and freedom from bias.”
Reuters entertainment writer Piya Sinha-Roy – from the looks of her Twitter page a recent arrival from England, but also a first-time voter – missed the memo completely, tweeting her Obama fandom:
One: Inspiring speech from President Obama. Quite a first US election experience for me! #Obama2012
Two: 4 more years! RT @BarackObama: We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo
And some mockery of the "Obama haters" who hyperventilated on Twitter about America making the wrong decision:
Three: Via @RubiaSRoy, @Vice narrow down the type of people who hate @BarackObama (each example is beyond hilarious)
The tweet linked to a Vice U.K. magazine post -- a "Twitter-based psychoanalysis" piece entitled "What Sort of Person Hates Barack Obama?" Donald Trump and Ted Nugent were included among the satirical targets.
Sinha-Roy also retweeted a series of news articles proclaiming an Obama victory.