For 29 years, NPR has read aloud the Declaration of Independence on Independence Day, but this year they did something new, and apropos. They tweeted the entire text of the DoI, 140 characters at a time. That took 113 posts.
It went about as well as might be expected. Many people who tuned in late to the tweets didn’t recognize one of our country’s most famous documents. Trump supporters thought that the parts complaining about King George III were actually about Donald Trump (defensive, aren’t we?).
One Trump supporter called it “propaganda”:
Propaganda is that all you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country #drainingtheswamp
People called it “trash”, “spam”, and “the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter”.
One person accused NPR of fomenting violence:
So, NPR is calling for revolution.
Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic”.
Your implications are clear.
They later realized their mistake and apologized, but I think it is very interesting that people seem to forget that our country was founded through violent revolution. The DoI was a call to war.
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