This Day in Failure: March 29

2020: In the midst of global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. president Donald Trump takes to Twitter to tweet: “President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise.… At the time of this tweet: More than 135,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,000 deaths in the United States alone.

2020: Without any evidence, U.S. President Donald Trump suggests that New York hospitals are running out masks in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic because in-house healthcare workers are stealing masks or hospitals are using them in an inappropriate manner. This in the wake of the Trump Administration’s failure to take action to build supplies of personal protective equipment, even as experts repeatedly warned they would be needed.

2011: British Petroleum (BP) announces that a laptop containing personal information on thousands of people who filed claims related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been lost. On this day, BP sends out letters to 13,000 claimants notifying them of the loss, and offers free credit-monitoring services to people it believes were affected, as the laptop contained a spreadsheet that included names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

2006: Republican Congressional candidate Howard Kaloogian removes a fraudulent photo from his Web site, one that depicts a bustling, vibrant street corner purported to be in Baghdad. Kaloogian posts the photo to illustrate peaceful and prosperous conditions in wartime Baghdad, which he claims the mainstream news media consistently fail to report. The street corner pictured is actually in suburban Istanbul—the photo taken during Mr. Kaloogian's year-earlier trip to Turkey.

2004: Southern Living magazine asks distributors to remove copies of its April 2004 issue from newsstands due to the potentially dangerous recipe for Icebox (dinner) Rolls printed on page 154. Step one of the recipe calls for boiling one cup of water and a half-cup of shortening over high heat for five minutes, which results in a bubbling, overflowing concoction that previously injured at least five Southern Living readers. The magazine also warns its 2.6 million subscribers that the recipe is a “potential fire and safety hazard.”