Woman criticized for texting during national anthem at WHCD

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Woman Criticized For Texting During National Anthem At WHCD


The widely covered White House Correspondents' Dinner got positive reactions from social media for the most part.

However, Helena Andrews, a Washington Post columnist is being criticized for texting during the national anthem.

Reactions on social media were immediate. Some of the remarks included, "That's disturbing. Well, I'm glad some folks in that photo are being respectful." and "Really? Texting during the National Anthem? She should be fired."

Andrews tried to explain herself with the post, "Apparently someone saw me on TV "texting" during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it's 2015."

However, that drew even more reactions.

One user commented, "We're all well aware of the year. Respect for the National Anthem is timeless." and another said, "Your notes are not more important than the anthem."

A veteran pointed out, "As a @USMarineCorps veteran I want to leave @helena_andrews a image on why our National Anthem means so much."

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