On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the New York Times sparked outrage for a tweet that took blame away from those responsible and vastly understated the number of innocent lives lost.
The criticism began after the Times posted, “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.” The Twitter post was deleted shortly after.
Here’s the tweet The New York Times deleted this morning: pic.twitter.com/nXgkBIpJ8s— Amanda Prestigiacomo (@AmandaPresto) September 11, 2019
Social media users were quick to point out that it was Islamic terrorists who took aim at the World Trade Center towers, not “airplanes.” The number of victims was also criticized. Nearly 3,000 people died on that fateful morning, a vast difference than the “more than 2,000” stated by the Times.
Within minutes, the Times deleted the post and amended their linked news story. “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated,” they tweeted.
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
Earlier this week, the Times was forced to delete a tweet that seemed to have praised communist Mao Zedong, who is blamed for the deaths of over 45 million people.
“Mao Zedong died on this day in 1976: The Times said he ‘began as an obscure peasant’ and ‘died one of history’s great revolutionary figures,'” the original post read. Hours later, the paper tweeted, “We’ve deleted a previous tweet about Mao Zedong that lacked critical historical context.”
We’ve deleted a previous tweet about Mao Zedong that lacked critical historical context.— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) September 9, 2019