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NPR triggered backlash by tweeting the Declaration of Independence


NPR triggered backlash on Tuesday by tweeting out the entire Declaration of Independence, according to The Washington Post.

Scores of Twitter users reportedly took issue with the move, with some accusing NPR of posting spam and others charging it with advancing a political agenda.

The Post reported Wednesday that multiple people additionally assumed the historic document’s texts were referencing President Trump and his administration.

“Propaganda is that all you know how?” tweeted one user whose account has since been deleted, according to Winnipeg Free Press reporter Melissa Martin.

“Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country #drainingtheswamp,” the user added, seemingly referencing Trump’s “drain the swamp” catchphrase about special interests in Washington, D.C.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday mocked those who were offended by the stunt, which mirrors NPR’s 29-year-old tradition of reading the whole Declaration on air each July Fourth.

The Post reported that more than two dozen NPR journalists helped read the Declaration of Independence on the public radio network’s “Morning Edition” this year.

NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara told the Post in an email the organization used Twitter to include more people in the 2017 edition of the annual tradition.

“This year we mirrored that tradition on Twitter as a way to extend to social media what we do on the air," she said. "The tweets were shared by thousands of people and generated a lively conversation."

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