Apparently, we’ve gone from “some people did something” to “some machines did something.”
On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the New York Times published an article commemorating the day 19 al Quaida terrorists crashed their hijacked planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people.
Along with the now-deleted tweet was the caption: “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” The NYT penned. “Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.”
“Airplanes took aim.”
“2,000 people died.”
And Twitter clearly wasn’t impressed.
Airplanes? - did they have a malfunction?— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) September 11, 2019
Won't someone do something about these fanatical airplanes?!— ringtrick (@ringtrick) September 11, 2019
Time to remove these weapons of war from the sky— Dr. Richard Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) September 11, 2019
The New York Times quickly deleted their tweet, replacing it instead with the revised caption: "18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial. There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., then the names of the dead — one by one — will be recited."
18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial. There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., then the names of the dead — one by one — will be recited. https://t.co/rFn2evf1dA— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2019
The outlet added they'd deleted their previous post and "edited for clarity," and had made additional updates within the story itself to reflect the change.
We've deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2019
But since the Times is still struggling to get out exactly what happened that day nearly 20 years ago, I'll be happy to lend my services free of charge.
"Eighteen years have passed since 19 Islamic terrorists used hijacked planes to massacre nearly 3,000 innocent people in the name of their radical religious ideology."
There, NYT. Fixed it for you.