Who knew the Declaration of Independence was so offensive?
Public radio network NPR got blasted by confused President Trump fans on Independence Day for tweeting out lines from the document.
NPR’s Twitter account tweeted a link to audio of staff members reading the Declaration — a tradition the network has held for 29 years — followed by original lines of the document in a 100+ tweet thread.
Twitter users, perhaps seeing some of the tweets out of context — or unwilling to scroll to the top of the thread — saw certain lines as NPR promoting rebellion against our current government.
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“Propaganda is that all you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country #drainingtheswamp,” wrote @JohnLemos11.
Another user tweeted, “Please stop, this is not the right place.”
A user named @BitterDickery tried to clear things up by posting: “Unfortunately people didn’t know it was quoted from the Declaration Of Independence! Our education system is lacking…”
Some eventually figured it out also, and recanted their ire.
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Upon seeing the tweets, @JustEsrafel posted, “So, NPR is calling for revolution. Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic”. Your implications are clear.”
The user later realized he was responding to the Declaration of Independence, apologized and owned up to his “stupidity,” while pointing out that many others didn’t grasp what they were reading either. “If my stupidity spurns us to READ our Declaration of Independence then I don’t mind the comments. Worth the embarrassment.”
Others were just upset at the tweetstorm thread blowing up their notifications. A user named @btravan_IT wrote, “This is spam I get alerts for NPR tweets because they are important My device is alarming nonstop. unfollowing.”
And @Darren_Mills, a self-proclaimed “ex-writer for big news” and libertarian, tweeted, “this is why you’re going to get defunded. Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.” He also posted a link to his petition to Congress to defund NPR.
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But those who got it tweeted their full support.
“Thank you SO much NPR!! And this is why Federal funding for Public Broadcasting should NEVER be on the chopping block,” wrote @bobbilaughlin.
A reminder that reading is fundamental.
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