NPR defends Declaration of Independence tweets after confused Trump supporters brand as ‘propaganda’

When NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence on July 4, many Trump supporters thought the media organisation was provoking violence and even revolution against the President.

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For nearly three decades NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ has broadcast a reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

It’s a national holiday in the United States where many Americans eat hotdogs, drink beer and wear their flag with pride.

The US Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence in 1776.

For the first time, NPR tweeted out the lines from the Declaration of Independence. But due to Twitter’s 140 character limit, some of the declaration had to be broken down.

In total 113 consecutive tweets were sent out to complete the reading.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017

During the section which outlined all the ways Britian’s George III had wronged the then- colonies, many Trump supporters believed the media organisation was tweeting about their President.

Trump supporters thought NPR was tweeting “propaganda” on 4th of July Turned out it was the Declaration of Independence.😂🤣😂 pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/bqXO9W6GVr

— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) July 5, 2017

Many Trump supporters have since deleted their tweets, but not before some US writers were able to screenshoot them and post it for all to see. 

there’s nothing more american than getting pissed because you think the declaration of independence is shitting on the president pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/gkWSTR8SIY

— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) July 4, 2017*heavy sigh* pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/Pb35SNdKqe

— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) July 4, 2017this whole thread is an indictment of American reading comprehension 😛

— Boo Radley 🇺🇸 (@wibrr) July 5, 2017Trump supporters who thought that @NPR tweeting the Declaration of Independence was dig @ The Don, not understanding they read it EVERY YEAR pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/QWfrxbSPkJ

— Joke Man Movie Man (@SupermanParadis) July 5, 2017

One journalist got fed up with the notifications. 

This is spam I get alerts for NPR tweets because they are important My device is alarming nonstop. unfollowing.

— Brandon Travan (@btravan_IT) July 4, 2017

But one Trump supporter admitted he was wrong. 

So, NPR is calling for revolution.

Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic”.

Your implications are clear.

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017I Tweeted a VERY dumb comment. But ask yourselves; if read to the average American, would they know that you were reading the DOI? I do now.

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017I can’t reply to you all. But stay tuned.

To those that want to mock me…go for it. I deserve it.

To those that forgive my “sin”, thank you

— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017

One online user criticised the tweets as “trash”.

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

A spokeswoman for NPR, Allyssa Pollard, said the tweets were shared by thousands of people and generated “a lively conversation.”

In a statement published by The Washington Post, the organisation said the purpose of the tweets was to extend their 29 year broadcast tradition to social media.

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