This week, The New York Times tweeted that it has been 36 years “since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket,” which is, quite simply, incorrect. Did they temporarily forget the existence of the Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine ticket in 2016? Clinton herself responded to the error, joking on Twitter that the author of the column that the Times was linking to and quoting in its tweet might have had too much cannabis before writing up her latest piece.
Deleted but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/JGkCrtzgRS
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) August 8, 2020
In reply to an attempt at a correction from the Times, Clinton joked:
‘Either @TimKaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again.’
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 8, 2020
Nick Merrill, who’s a longtime spokesperson for Clinton and worked on both her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns, also publicly responded to the stunning gaffe at the Times. He tweeted:
‘4 years. It’s been 4 years. Only the dynamic duo of Maureen Dowd and the NYT could erase the last election, where a woman got more votes than not only the other guy, but more votes than nearly anyone in the history of American elections. Gimme a break is right.’
4 years. It’s been 4 years. Only the dynamic duo of Maureen Dowd and the NYT could erase the last election, where a woman got more votes than not only the other guy, but more votes than nearly anyone in the history of American elections. Gimme a break is right. pic.twitter.com/VscilvRrB4
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) August 8, 2020
The original article was, as both Clinton and Merrill referenced, written by Maureen Dowd. In the original version of the article, the amazingly outrageous error in the tweet from the Times appears word-for-word — Dowd wrote that “it has been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket.” The Times attempted to correct itself, claiming in a Saturday morning tweet that what it supposedly meant to say was that it “has been that long since a man chose a woman to run as his vice president.” Actually, John McCain made that exact choice in 2008! They may have meant to say that it’s been that long since a Democratic man chose a woman as his running mate — but that’s not what they said. The Times should just pause posting.
2. The NYT’s poorly worded correction manages to erase Sarah Palin. pic.twitter.com/c6CqkcwFIi
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 8, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Clinton below: