The New York Times, like many users on Twitter in 2020, may believe itself to be above the U.S. government.
The news outlet recanted an earlier tweet which stated “the role of declaring a winner of the presidential election falls to the news media. The broadcast networks and cable news outlets have vowed to be prudent. Here’s how it will work.”
The tweet was later removed by The Times’ account. In the link shared in the tweet, the outlet wrote: “In the United States — which, unlike many other countries, does not have a national electoral commission — the role of projecting the winners of presidential elections falls to the news media.”
Perhaps The Times is reading a different copy of the Constitution than the rest of us. The United States government writes on its website, “[T]he president and vice president are not elected directly by citizens. Instead, they’re chosen by “electors” through a process called the Electoral College. The process of using electors comes from the Constitution.”
Twitter has censored many individuals, including President Donald Trump, in the last 24 hours. In September, Twitter announced that it would “label or remove false or misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process.”
The Times later tweeted “Correction: We’ve deleted an earlier tweet that referred imprecisely to the role of the news media in the U.S. presidential election. The news media projects winners and reports results; it does not declare the winner of the election.”
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