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After Attorney General William Barr wrote a four-page report summarizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, folks on Twitter criticized its brief nature with their own #BillBarrLetters.
As the Hill notes, the meme cropped up on Thursday after a tweet from talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall. People wrote #BillBarrLetters as summaries of famous stories without crucial plot details.
Girl with golden hair can't find a comfortable chair, then does. Falls asleep on comfy bed after breaking in, was not indicted. Saw bears, ran away. Has not been exonerated. #BillBarrLetters— cynthia campbell (@ccamp345) March 28, 2019
The meme was a jab at the report’s summary, which stated that Mueller did not conclude find that Donald Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. But, according to the summary, the report also didn’t “exonerate” the commander-in-chief.
Mueller’s 300-page report has not been released to the public despite calls from Democrats.
“Show us the report,” says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, criticizing Attorney General William Barr for not releasing the full Mueller report. “We don’t need you interpreting for us. It was condescending. It was arrogant” pic.twitter.com/dW7STskmyb— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 28, 2019
The tweets tagged #BillBarrLetters offered quip summaries of everything from the Harry Potter series to the Bible to The Wizard of Oz.
Boy who once lived under the stairs grows up to marry and have kids of his own. #Billbarrletters— SouthernLiberal (@SouthernLibera4) March 28, 2019
It was the best of times. #BillBarrLetters— David Gunton (@davidgun10) March 28, 2019
Whales. Might be fish. Might not be fish. White ones rare. #BillBarrLetters— Sam Mawn-Mahlau (@BostechLegal) March 28, 2019
Ferris Bueller enjoys a day off. #BillBarrLetters— Ross Decker (@rossdecker) March 28, 2019
Dorothy returns home after a weather event. #BillBarrLetters— Karen Schwartz (@pithywidow) March 28, 2019
In short, #BillBarrLetters allowed folks to point out what they saw as a crucial problem with the summary of the report. It was too damn short.
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H/T the Hill
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.