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New York Times under fire for poll asking about Ford’s testimony credibility — so paper apologizes

The New York Times has issued an apology for posing what many considered to be an offensive poll regarding the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York Times has apologized after many of its social media followers criticized the paper's poll questioning Christine Blasey Ford's testimony credibility.

What was the poll all about?

On Thursday, the New York Times shared what some readers considered to be an "insensitive" poll asking social media users whether they believed Ford's testimony, which took place on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The poll simply stated, "Christine Blasey Ford is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Do you find her testimony credible?"

After receiving much backlash for the tweeted poll, the Times apologized.

“We’re sorry for this tweet. In retrospect, a Twitter poll is insensitive in light of the gravity of this hearing. We’ve deleted it,” a follow-up tweet read.

The poll, which featured answers of "Yes," "No," and "Unsure," came on the heels of Ford's testimony, in which the California professor accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during an alleged incident that purportedly occurred in the '80s.

The Times later tweeted that they plan to pose the same question about the credibility of Kavanaugh's testimony, though they have already deleted the initial poll about Ford's credibility.

"We also recognize that asking only about Dr. Blasey's credibility was inappropriate. We had intended to tweet a second poll about Judge Kavanaugh's credibility this afternoon."

Kavanaugh, who is also testifying Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has categorically denied all of Ford's claims.

You can read more about Ford's allegations here, and watch a livestream of Kavanaugh's testimony below.

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