Reuters news service was so excoriated on social media Wednesday over a sanitized description of anti-Trump protesters that they had to delete the offending tweet over it.
Critics of the news service posted screenshots of the deleted tweet.
The internet is forever. pic.twitter.com/KwkqjlC01F
— (((Ken Brown))) (@K_P_Brown) August 23, 2017
The photo depicted the violent protests outside President Trump's rally in Phoenix. Police reported that they were hit with bottles and other projectiles. Eventually they began launching tear gas canisters to help disperse the violent crowd.
But when Reuters entitled their photo about the event, they described them as "peaceful protesters."
They were immediately taken to task on social media over it.
"Peace activists"? Really? And #MSM wonders WHY we keep cheering for @POTUS' use of #FakeNews! MSM=bubble dwelling… https://t.co/N73pBErlPn— TiredMSMwhining (@TiredMSMwhining) 1503501715.0
OMG, y'all - Reuters found the MIA non-libertarian peace activists!
Did they happen to mention where tf they've been the last 8yrs? https://t.co/PBrrEHZpU2
— ✌NotLeebuddie (@lizbuddie) August 23, 2017
@Reuters You mean those peaceful activists who were throwing rocks and bottles at the police.... Geeze wake up already.— PKatt (@PKatt) 1503474802.0
@Reuters Peaceful activists are you kidding me. Let you in on a secret we are not stupid we have eyes any many ways… https://t.co/vD40CGF4kS— Joni Mandel (@Joni Mandel) 1503513592.0
Reuters calls ANTIFA, "Peace Activists" Their staff must have looked directly at the eclipse and burned their brain… https://t.co/Z5TfcD0D7Y— Eleni Hellas (@Eleni Hellas) 1503489723.0
Eventually, the public outcry forced them to delete the tweet.
CORRECTION: We have changed the caption of this photo, which inaccurately characterized the anti-Trump protesters a… https://t.co/0KloJ6XyCG— Reuters (@Reuters) 1503518388.0
"CORRECTION: We have changed the caption of this photo," they posted, "which inaccurately characterized the anti-Trump protesters as 'peace activists.'"