Washington Post removes tweet saying Biden going to funeral may not have been “the best use of his time”
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The Washington Post faced backlash on Saturday for a Twitter post promoting a story about President Biden frequently attending the funeral since taking office.
The story was titled “Biden, Funerals, and a Time Gone.”
The tweet and the story came before Biden’s presence on Saturday day at a funeral service in Nevada for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died on December 28 at the age of 82.
It was the seventh funeral Biden has attended since becoming president, the Post noted.
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“Biden, who is visiting Senator Marry M. Reid’s memorial on Saturday – his seventh as president – is using the funeral to honor his friendships and promote bipartisanship,” the Post’s original tweet said.
“Not everyone thinks this is the best use of their time,” the post adds.
But after many readers defended Biden for attending a funeral and objected to the tweet, the Post deleted the post.
“We deleted a tweet that inaccurately represented the significance of the story,” the Post wrote.
The new tweet promoting the story simply used the title of the story, “Biden, Funerals, and a Gone in Time,” without additional commentary.
Twitter users took the newspaper to task.
“The Washington Post attacked Joe Biden for attending ‘too many’ funerals this year,” one wrote. “They say it’s ‘not the best use of your time’. Wow! Do you know what is not the best use of your time? Read WaPo. Could you do me a favor? Cancel your subscription to Washington Post.
“I’m afraid I don’t see the point in this piece,” added another. “There are many valid reasons to criticize Biden’s presidency. Going to funerals of friends and colleagues is not one of them.”
The story itself said that attending the funeral was “often caricatured as being the purview of the vice presidents,” but Biden as president “made sure to go himself, and perhaps would have attended. even more without the coronavirus pandemic “.
There are many valid reasons to criticize Biden’s presidency. Going to funerals of friends and colleagues is not one of them. “
Previous funerals Biden attended as president included those for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former American senses Bob Dole and John Warner, the Post noted.
Other recent incidents from the Washington Post included Thursday’s correction of a fact-checking story on Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas.
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The newspaper’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler awarded Cotton two “Pinnochios” in March for predicting that convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would receive coronavirus relief funds from the federal government.
When that actually happened, Kessler was forced to “adjust” Pinocchio’s rating, which he did on Thursday.
In November, the Post published corrections to more than a dozen previous articles related to the coverage of the Steele dossier, which was at the heart of the investigation into possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie and Brian Flood contributed to this story.
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