A freelance reporter who works for CBS and Yahoo has been severely criticized for tweeting an insensitive ‘joke’ just hours after 19 people were killed and many more injured in the Manchester Arena explosion.

While most verified Twitter users posted their concern and sympathy for the victims and their families, David Leavitt, tweeted to say: “MULTIPLE CONFIRMED FATALITIES at Manchester Arena. The last time I listened to Ariana Grande I almost died too.”

At the time of writing, the tweet has been retweeted to more than 24,000 times, with almost everyone voicing their disgust over the clearly inappropriate tweet.

Not content with his first effort, Mr Leavitt posted another tweet moments later.

“Honestly, for over a year I thought an Ariana Grande was something you ordered at Starbucks,” he wrote.


The journalist continued and this was followed with another Tweet, which was designed to stir people who had abused him with foul language in response.

The journalist then had to apologize and also deleted his tweets.