NEW YORK TIMES: Planes, Not Terrorists, Were Responsible for 9/11

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In a tweet, the New York Times suggested that it was the attack on the Twin Towers 18 years ago today was the fault of airplanes, not terrorists.

In a now deleted tweet, the New York Times said that “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” implying that the attacks were not the fault of the terrorists who organised them, but the planes themselves.

The deleted tweet from the New York Times

The tweet was swiftly deleted, and replaced with the one below.

A subsequent tweet noted the deletion of the earlier one, and said that the story had also been “edited for clarity,” as the article also had a similarly-worded section.

The offending section of the article that was also deleted

The New York Times were torn apart on Twitter for their error, with many users noting just how disrespectful the original tweet was.

The original tweet is reminiscent of Representative Ilhan Omar’s comments earlier this year, when she described the 9/11 terror attacks as “some people did something,” when speaking at an event for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). She made further insensitive remarks by telling Muslim Americans to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable.”

President Trump was interviewed shortly after the attacks by German media, telling the reporter that he had “never seen anything like” Ground Zero:

The devastation, the human life that’s been just wasted for no reason whatsoever. It’s a terrible scene, it was a terrible sight, but New Yorkers are very resilient and they’ll rebuild quickly.