The woman who was allegedly caught texting during the national anthem at the White House Correspondent's Dinner on Saturday night has been unveiled.
Helena Andrews, who is a Washington Post columnist who writes for the Fix, took to her Twitter account to defend her actions, while also insisting that she wasn't actually texting but was taking notes.
Apparently someone saw me on TV "texting" during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it's 2015. #WHCDHowever, this explanation didn't stop Andrews from being bombarded with further criticism as people insisted that it didn't matter if she was taking notes rather than texting.
— Helena Andrews (@helena_andrews) April 26, 2015
@helena_andrews We're all well aware of the year. Respect for the National Anthem is timeless.
— Pam Seiler (@pammygirl2) April 26, 2015
@helena_andrews Girl I'm all for that but show respect for this country during the National Anthem. Choose a different time for notes. #WHCD
— Erika Jane Gebel (@egebel) April 26, 2015
@helena_andrews I understand you were doing your job but when the national anthem starts you stop what you are doing and show some respect.
— Jennifer (@Jennifer_three) April 26, 2015
@helena_andrews I do give you respect for admitting to your stupidity but the rest of your tweet is pure ignorance and disrespectful #whcd
— Chris Teter (@emteter) April 26, 2015
@helena_andrews You're lying, besides you respect our country when the National Anthem is played. Nice try I'm sure the POTUS & FLOTUS blv uAfter being caught texting/making notes at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Helena Andrews was roundly criticized by those who caught her. Which, unfortunately for her, was quite a few individuals, since her actions were caught on camera and then broadcast across the world.
— B Mac (@brianmcmillan58) April 26, 2015
Well this is rather disrespectful. Texting during national anthem. #WHCD pic.twitter.com/0ceG9VH35e
— John Lyons (@hubcr8iv_john) April 26, 2015
I have a small feeling the girl that was texting during the national anthem will be unemployed by the end of the night #WHCDBefore the firestorm over her inopportune usage of her phone, Andrews went above and beyond to keep her 7,701 followers up to date with the activities at the dinner, which was hosted by Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong and featured a surprise appearance from Key & Peele's anger translator.
— Michelle Kay (@michelletkay) April 26, 2015
No comment has been released by either by Helena Andrews or the Washington Post following her online unveiling.
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