For 29 years, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” has celebrated the Fourth of July with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators.
This historically uncontroversial testament to the nation’s founding document proved uncontroversial-no-more in the year 2017.
After NPR tweeted the Declaration line by line, Donald Trump backers,seemingly unaware of the source document, accused the media organization of playing partisan politics.
Twitter goes bananas:
DEFUND #NPR let the Hollywood Elites pay for your biased propaganda— Diesel 👌🇺🇸👍 (@ScandalSheet) July 4, 2017
So, NPR is calling for revolution.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017
Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound "patriotic".
Your implications are clear.
This one deserves some sort of prize:
Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.— Darren Mills 🇺🇸 (@darren_mills) July 4, 2017
Glad you are being defunded. You have never been balanced on your show.— Alma sanchez (@Almasan93753248) July 4, 2017
This one's in a class by itself:
Are you drunk? Your silly tweets make your state of mind questionable.— LadyJJ (@Deplorable_JJ) July 5, 2017
The upside is that the responses to these tweets are scathing, at their most gentle.
Happy (belated) Independence Day.