New York Times deletes tweet claiming only media can declare winner in presidential election

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The New York Times swiftly deleted a tweet proclaiming that the “role of declaring the winner” of the election falls to the media.

“The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media,” the outlet tweeted on Tuesday, hours before the first electoral results were expected.

The tweet linked to an article explaining how broadcasters and journalists report a candidate has won an election. The tweet stirred up outrage among some pundits and others.

“In all seriousness, I’m glad that a group of people which inspires so much trust and confidence across the political spectrum and across the country – the national media – has anointed itself responsible for declaring the winner of the election. That should calm everyone down,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted. “Not sure why everyone is mad at the NYT for arrogating unto itself the right and solemn duty to declare the winner of the election. It says right in the Constitution that this is who does it.”

“You mean the tweet where you said the leftist media declares the winner of the election?” LifeNews, an anti-abortion outlet, sardonically responded.

“Translation: We’re self-important frauds and we got called on it,” conservative filmmaker and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza responded.

The outlet apologized for “imprecisely” describing the role of the media, clarifying that the media was not responsible for declaring the winner of an election.

“Correction: We’ve deleted an earlier tweet that referred imprecisely to the role of the news media in the U.S. presidential election. The news media projects winners and reports results; it does not declare the winner of the election,” the outlet wrote.

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