As we have all learned from past attempts, the one thing in this country you do not do is belittle or try to turn the happenings of 9/11 politically correct, but that is exactly what the New York Times tried to do today.
The Times posted a 9/11 memorial tweet stating, “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center.
“Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2,000 people died.”
Here’s the tweet The New York Times deleted this morning: pic.twitter.com/nXgkBIpJ8s
— Amanda Prestigiacomo (@AmandaPresto) September 11, 2019
The publication purposely avoided using words like Muslim extremists or terrorists in fear of liberal pushback, but the stunt clearly backfired.
Downplaying the Attack
Honestly, the Times would have been better off just ignoring the day rather than portraying it in the manner it did today.
To say that “airplanes took aim” is about as big an editorial misstep one can take about 9/11.
The airplanes did not take aim; the airplanes were hijacked by terrorists, who drove them into the Towers and the Pentagon.
The publication even tried to play down the devastation by saying “more than 2000” people were killed.
This is an insult to the almost 3,000 people that were killed that day as well as the first responders that have lost their lives afterward trying to find survivors in the debris of the collapsed towers.
After the immediate backlash, the Times corrected its headline, deleted the tweet, edited the story, and sent out a new tweet…
We've deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2019
A New Direction
While this mistake is horrific, it might be understandable if we were not starting to see a pattern develop.
The publication was recently called out for another tweet it posted that was completely inaccurate and caused significant outrage.
The Times tweet touted Mao Zedong as someone who “began as an obscure peasant” and “died one of history’s great revolutionary figures.”
Mao was the founding father of the People’s Republic of China who instituted a policy that directly led to the deaths of somewhere between 20-45 million people.
The Washington Post wrote an article entitled “Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world” describing these very policies.
After the “mistake” was pointed out to the Times, the publication deleted the tweet and correction of sorts…
We’ve deleted a previous tweet about Mao Zedong that lacked critical historical context.
— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) September 9, 2019
Everyone makes mistakes, but the Times is making mistakes that are making it quite clear the publication is tilting further and further to the left.
In the case of the 9/11 post, the apology is not accepted nor is it enough to make up for their horrific attempt at trying to be politically correct for an event that is widely considered one of the worst days this country has ever experienced.
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