NPR’s education team sent out a curious tweet Wednesday that prompted an online backlash.
“I reach out to diverse sources on deadline,” the tweet from @npr_ed said. “Only the white guys get back to me.”
The tweet seemed uncharacteristic for NPR, an outlet that fired analyst Juan Williams after he made remarks about feeling “nervous” if he sees people dressed in “Muslim garb” on an airplane.
It took a few days for the @npr_ed tweet to gain widespread notice, but when it did, critics sunk their teeth into it.
The person responsible for the tweet soon revealed herself to be NPR blogger Anya Kamenetz.
Kamenetz said she had mistakenly sent the tweet from the NPR education account instead of her own and that she regretted it.
But the critics wouldn’t let up, prompting a little bit of a backlash against the backlash.
Some of the Twitter users gave Kamenetz commands masquerading as advice.
The whole thing might seem a little overblown to some, all things considered.
First, the initial tweet expressed a desire to hear from minority sources (in addition to the offending phrasing).
Second, Kamenetz was engaged and apologetic throughout the process, yet many continued to harangue her.
And finally, the whole thing blew up despite the two clarifying tweets Kamenetz immediately sent from the NPR education account after the first one, all the way back on Wednesday.
Kerfuffle or no, Kamenetz seemed to be taking the whole thing in stride.
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