March 27, 2020 saw Maggie Haberman tweet "Oh no" about a May 27, 2019 story on Bill Buckner's death.

One of the celebrity deaths that drew a lot of discussion on Twitter Friday actually happened 10 months ago. Twitter blew up with a lot of people posting “RIP Bill Buckner,” but the curious thing there is that Buckner’s death (at age 69 after a battle with Lewy body dementia) actually happened last May. But it got a lot of discussion Friday as if it was new, and one key source there appears to be this “Oh no” tweet of an ESPN story (from May 27, 2019) from New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman:

Haberman has 1.26 million followers on Twitter, so her tweet was seen by a lot of people, and it led to a whole lot of tweets acting as if Buckner’s death was new. However, it also led to a lot of people commenting that it wasn’t new:

For her part, Haberman sent this follow-up tweet:

It’s somewhat understandable why many people started tweeting about this as if it was new following Haberman’s tweet; she certainly appeared to present this as new news, and if people didn’t know or remember that Buckner had passed away last year, that would seem like notable news. And even a click-through to the story wouldn’t necessarily stop that without a detailed look at it; while it’s labeled as May 27, 2019, a quick glance could mistake that for today’s date of March 27, 2020.

What’s more curious is how this old story wound up on Haberman’s radar, and why she thought it was new at first. And we don’t have any answers there right now. But at any rate, this led to a lot of RIP tweets about Bill Buckner 10 months after his death.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.