The New York Times deleted a tweet last week of one its articles published after liberals complained on Twitter that the headline didn’t label quotes from Republicans “lies,” even though the article used the terms “misinformation,” absurdity,” and even false.
The article was about the new restrictive abortion ban in Alabama and begins with the following paragraph:
With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birthday abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks and distortions that portray the entire party as extremist on abortion.
The article then goes on to discuss the Democrats struggle with Republican misinformation.
The unusually forceful, carefully coordinated campaign has created challenges that Democrats did not expect as they struggle to combat misinformation and thwart further efforts to undercut access to abortion.
Despite the fact that the Times did portray Republicans as not telling the complete truth on abortion, liberals went ballistic on Twitter forcing the paper to issue the following tweet:
We have deleted an earlier tweet to this story that did not clarify that some of the Republicans’ claims on late-term abortions are false or misleading, context that is provided in the article. https://t.co/0gpVR1SHA2
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 16, 2019
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Author: Don Irvine