Ira Madison, a culture writer for MTV news, published this tweet about Jeff Sessions today:

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The little girl in the picture is Sessions granddaughter. This was pointed out by dozens of people including CNN’s Jake Tapper. The tweet also brought a strong response from the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza:

Madison responded by shifting from “humor” to a serious response in which he referred to the girl as a prop:

He kept digging:

As Jake Tapper pointed out in response to a question, it’s not at all uncommon for nominees to bring grandchildren to hearings:

Eventually, Madison decided to delete his original tweet, offering this explanation:

In fact, Madison offered no such evidence. And the quip about Sessions’ granddaughter was his first comment on the topic, not an aside he added later. Apparently he never learned the first rules of holes: When you’re in one, stop digging.

The same advice might apply more broadly to MTV News. Just last month they published a widely mocked video clip offering 2017 New Year’s resolutions for white people. The video was pulled a short time later but copies are still available on You Tube:

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