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PopWrapped | Current Events

NPR Criticized For Tweeting Deceleration Of Independence

Olivia Kingery | PopWrapped Author

Olivia Kingery

Updated 07/6/2017 10:29am
NPR Criticized For Tweeting Deceleration Of Independence | NPR
Media Courtesy of NBC

On July 4th, as Americans around the country celebrated Independence Day with alcohol and fireworks, NPR took a different approach.

The Declaration of Independence was tweeted from the NPR Twitter page, word for word, line by line. With a cap 140 characters per tweet, 113 consecutive posts were used to display the document in its entirety.

It all started with one post, 

They even included disclaimers hinting at what they were doing, 

Twitter miscontrues NPR's tweets into attack on US

In the tweets to follow, not only was the entirety of the document included, but the names of each signature and the state in which they were from. But even then, Twitter users found a way to turn NPR's tribute into an attack on the country. 

Whether the users were Trump supporters or not, news articles circulating are speculating their alliance, people were fired up over the supposed hate rhetoric towards President Trump and the nation as a whole. Except, they never took the time to understand what exactly NPR was doing. From alleging the tweets as spam to saying NPR was calling for a revolution, the tweets flew in.

Since the debacle, many tweets have been deleted, some users even going as far as deleting their whole accounts. Other tweeters stepped up with screen shots of the replies. Melissa Martin with the Winnipeg Free Press caught one since deleted response. 

The tweet from @JonLemos11 reads, "Propoganda is that all you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country." His Twitter account has been deactivated. 

Twitter user @ParkerMolloy also captured some of the responses. 

Although many of the Twitter users deleted tweets and account, one man acknowledged his wrong and accepted it. 

Was NPR's Twitter exercise a success?

NPR does an annual reading of the Declaration on air, with a broadcaster reading the text in full. This year's twitter exercise was a chance to reach a new group of people NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara said in an email statement, “This year we mirrored that tradition on Twitter as a way to extend to social media what we do on the air. The tweets were shared by thousands of people and generated a lively conversation.”

Regardless of the backlash, Lara is right, the tweets reached thousands and conjured up conversation on America's birthday. Lets just hope people take more time to inform themselves on our nation's foundation and founding documents. 

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