The New York Times, a 167-year-old paper that touts itself as a paragon of so-called “quality journalism,” has managed to beclown itself on social media for the third time in a matter of only days.
“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place,” a stunning tweet posted by the Times on Saturday reads.
Look at a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet below:
The New York Times just deleted this tweet that stated:
“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun.” pic.twitter.com/eIqM06fUi6
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 14, 2019
In addition to portraying sexual assault as “harmless fun,” the tweet also smeared Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh via disputed, unproven allegations.
The backlash to the tweet was so swift that the Times was reportedly forced to delete it and issue a casual retraction within only minutes of posting it.
“We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly phrased,” the outlet initially tweeted.
However, this too was soon deleted after even more backlash ensued.
“We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize,” the virulently left-wing paper’s final retraction and apology reads.
We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize. https://t.co/gbUdweKbDg
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 15, 2019
As of Sunday morning, this apologetic tweet boasted a ratio of nearly 800 comments to only about 150 retweets. The scathing criticism seen in the comments concerned every aspect of the Times’ tweet storm, including (*Language warning) …
The paper’s portrayal of sexual assault as “harmless” fun:
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) September 15, 2019
Someone at your organization thinks having a penis thrust into ones face is “harmless fun” and not criminal sexual assault.
Maybe they shouldn’t work there anymore. ?
— I’m Suzi Poppins, y’all! (@SoozleMcDoozle) September 15, 2019
As I’m sure @nytopinion will delete this and pretend it never happened. (No, it’s never “harmless fun” and pretending otherwise undermines important work being done by so many people — NYT journalists among them! I’m reading #SheSaid right now. How do y’all sleep at night?) pic.twitter.com/rLmzvd6Fec
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) September 14, 2019
The paper’s attempts to downplay its habitually “abysmal” brand of “journalism”:
Pretty sure this goes well beyond “poorly phrased” @nytopinion
It would be unacceptable from a high school student, but from the paper of record?
-grounds for dismissal
— Jeffrey Cufaude (@jc46202) September 15, 2019
When you have to delete not only your initial headline calling an unsolicited penis in the face “harmless fun”, but also your retraction calling it “poorly phrased” you should finally realized that you have some serious reflecting to do on why you keep doing this. pic.twitter.com/A572pX9odS
— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) September 15, 2019
this, uh, seems to be a pattern with you guys
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 15, 2019
How much systematic failure at @nytimes results in Epstein story completely whiffed, Kavanaugh story whiffed again and again, Trump rape allegations published in the Book review section.. Abysmal tweets again and again = tip of iceberg.
— Laura Packard (@lpackard) September 15, 2019
The paper’s continued smearing of Kavanaugh:
NYTs writers are con artists and liars. Smear merchants who will destroy an innocent man.
— adam (@AdamForTrump) September 15, 2019
The attempted smear campaign continues….
— #That’sTrue (@PaulWDrake) September 15, 2019
Correct, it wasn’t a grammatical error. It was actually a smear against a man by a politically biased person who’s created a fictional story to harm him, & the @nytimes and it’s “opinion” writers fell for it, b/c they’re still butt-hurt over losing an election almost 3 years ago
— ICERaid (@OverOnTheRight) September 15, 2019
@nytopinion can’t even smear Kavanaugh competently.
— Holden (@Holden114) September 14, 2019
President Donald Trump eventually responded to the smear as well on Sunday by accusing the “LameStream Media” of trying to “scare” Kavanaugh “into turning Liberal”:
Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
Saturday’s tweet fiasco marked the third time in only five days that the Times had posted something offensive and arguably ignorant.
Last Monday, on the 43rd anniversary of the death of China’s most brutal dictator, Mao Zedong, the Times posted a tweet celebrating him as “one of history’s great revolutionary figures.”
Note that Mao was a man who was so brutal that his administration literally put children to death for petty crimes like stealing a potato.
“State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off,” The Independent notes.
Mao’s administration also deliberately starved the ill and elderly.
“People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 percent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so [they] were deliberately starved to death.”
— Posonaut (@posonaut) September 9, 2019
Only two days, on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Times screwed up again by posting a tweet that essentially blamed the terror attacks on airplanes versus Islamic terrorists.
“18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” the left-wing outlet wrote.
Following backlash, the paper reworded the tweet but still refused to blame the Sept. 11 attacks on their true perpetrators:
18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial. There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., then the names of the dead — one by one — will be recited. https://t.co/rFn2evf1dA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2019
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
To correct a tweet saying that “airplanes took aim” at the towers, tge @nytimes has now “fixed” their tweet by using the passive voice
To avoid talking about the perpetrators at all
This isn’t #NeverForget
It’s “please forget.”
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) September 11, 2019
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