Some of President Trump‘s supporters cried media bias Tuesday when NPR tweeted out the full text of a document generally considered to be synonymous with the July 4 holiday: the Declaration of Independence.
National Public Radio took its 29-year on-air tradition of reading the document created by our Founding Fathers to social media as well this year, tweeting out the nation’s founding document line by line.
But the treasured text was lost on some Twitter users, who accused NPR of spamming them, and others who interpreted the tweets as a call for a “revolution” or an attempt to spread “propaganda” against the president.
“So, NPR is calling for a revolution. Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound ‘patriotic,’ ” one user wrote in response to the thread. “Your implications are clear.”
The same Twitter user later apologized for what he described as his “VERY dumb comment.”
But, he asked, if the document was “read to the average American, would they know that you were reading the DOI”?
For many others on Twitter, the answer was no.
Though some of the angry messages have since been removed, Upworthy writer Parker Molloy and Winnipeg Free Press reporter Melissa Martin shared screen grabs of Twitter users lashing out at NPR.
“Propaganda is that all you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country #drainingtheswamp,” tweeted one Twitter user whose account has since been deleted.
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In NPR’s accompanying on-air reading of the Declaration of Independence, broadcaster Mary Louise Kelly noted Tuesday that the document was drafted during “a deeply divided time … a time when Americans turned against each other.”
As one Twitter user said, the document serves as “a reminder today in another deeply divided time.”