As today is the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, there have been countless media outlets covering memorial events and posting remembrances. The New York Times posted as well, writing that “airplanes” were responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 Americans, rather than Islamic terrorists. That social media blunder caused an immediate uproar.
The since-deleted tweet read: “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 2000 people died.”
The tweet was met with swift backlash with many claiming that the publication was being insensitive to those who perished.
Fox News’ Todd Starnes was one of the first to call out the NYT. “The @NYT says airplanes caused 9/11. Wrong. It was Muslim terrorists who waged jihad on American soil and killed thousands of our fellow countrymen in the name of their religion,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mike Huckabee, who is a contributor at Fox, added: “Twin Towers NOT brought down because “airplanes took aim” at them, but b/c radical Islamists hijacked planes & took aim at them.”
Others quickly pointed out their issues with the post as well.
After such a swift backlash from the masses, the NYT posted a tweet that stated: “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.”
The article, which was written by James Barron, clarified that “terrorists commandeered” the airplanes that crashed into the towers, Fox News reported. Shortly after the Twitter gaffe, the NYT updated the article with another tweet.
“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.”
Jim Geraghty, a senior political correspondent at the National Review, used the gaffe to show how insensitive the article was by inserting the Pearl Harbor tragedy using the same wording.
Poorly worded tweets have been on the rise and are now becoming the norm.