As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, the New York Times this week released a video op-ed arguing that the country is overrated. Retired Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) was not impressed with the piece and gave the paper a scolding along with a lesson.
What are the details?
In the clip, the authors argue that the notion of America being the greatest country on Earth is a myth and pull out a handful of statistics to make their case — citing health care spending and "dismal" ratings on some high school education rankings.
The Times piece then went on to criticize America for an array of things it is tops for, such as prescription drug abuse, civilian gun ownership, and TV-watching.
The op-ed was promoted by the liberal paper on Twitter with the message, "The myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best outdated and at worst, wildly inaccurate. If you look at data, the U.S. is really just O.K."
Twitter users roundly lambasted the piece and the Times, with some calling it clickbait and others accusing the paper of propaganda.
Rep. Crenshaw reacted by tweeting, "Wow. What a dismal, cynical, ungrateful, and context-less depiction of America. Just remember NYT: as you criticize the US for not being perfect, your misguided speech will always be protected."