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New York Times blames aeroplanes while downplaying the 9/11 terror attacks, updates article after backlash on social media

Author: Opindia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: September 11, 2019
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2019/09/new-york-times-blames-aeroplanes-while-downplaying-the-9-11-terror-attacks-updates-article-after-backlash-on-social-media/

The word terrorism or terrorist were not even mentioned in the NYT article on 9/11 terror attacks, except for in the subheading

In one of the worst case of Islamic terrorism denial, the News York Times blamed aeroplanes for the 9/11 terror attacks in a now-updated article. On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States, the newspaper had published an article today.
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By James Barron

Sept. 11, 2019, 6:00 a.m. ET

Once more, families will gather at ground zero, where more than two thousand people died on that bright September morning. Once more, there will be an outpouring of grief. Once more, there will be the sound of bells tolling in mourning and names being recited.

Eighteen years have passed since airplanes took aim at the World Trade Center and brought them down.

The commemoration at ground zero — by now an annual rite of remembrance that follows a familiar, somber script — will begin with bagpipers and drummers, marching in cadence. An honor guard will carry the flag.
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In the article titled “Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11”, the second paragraph said, “Eighteen years have passed since airplanes took aim at the World Trade Center and brought them down.” In fact, the word terrorism or terrorist were not even mentioned in the article, except for in the subheading, before the article was updated following outrage on social media.

To make matters worse, NYT decided to use this sentence to promote the article on social media, which invited instant backlash.
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The New York Times @nytimes
18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” the original Times tweet read. “Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.

Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11
The families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the Sept. 11 memorial in an annual ritual of mourning.
nytimes.com
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In the same tweet promoting the article, they had also said that more than 2000 people had died the attack, while in fact, approximately 3000 people had lost their lives on that day.

Some people noted how the language of NYT was similar to Democrat Ilhan Omar’s description of 9/11 as when she said “some people did something.”
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Comfortably Smug @ComfortablySmug
Replying to @nytimes
Some planes did something
16:26 - 11 Sep 2019
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While others took the concept of NYT article further to describe other events in history.
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Jim Geraghty @jimgeraghty
“On December 7, 1941, airplanes took aim and seriously damaged the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor." https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1171735444620492802 …
16:31 - 11 Sep 2019
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New York Times was widely criticised for refusing to mention terrorism in the article originally.
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Jorge O. Cordon @jorgeocordon
Airplanes kilk people, just like cars and guns. They are the ones that behead people. Thank you NYT for clarifying my confusion. I am not getting near an airplane again. https://twitter.com/thecjpearson/status/1171744476357963782 …

CJ Pearson @thecjpearson
Airplanes didn’t take aim. Radical Islamic terrorists did.
Let’s speak that truth, to quote @KamalaHarris. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1171735444620492802 …
18:45 - 11 Sep 2019
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Charlie Kirk @charliekirk11
Why does it matter what rhetoric our leaders use when they talk about national tragedies?
Because it translates into our everyday language@nytimes today: "18 years have passed since airplanes took aim"
19 islamic terrorists took aim at us that day
The NYT wants us to forget
20:04 - 11 Sep 2019
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Raheem Kassam @RaheemKassam
“Airplanes took aim”
“2000 people”
Imagine what it takes, as a newsroom with a huge editorial process, to get 9/11 so offensively incorrect.
Scumbags.
17:44 - 11 Sep 2019
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New York Times has updated the article now, and the second sentence finally says that terrorists had commandeered airplanes to take aim at the World Trade Centre and bring them down.
 
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