The New York Times was panned for a columnist’s opinion article that made it appear as though Hillary Clinton’s campaign didn’t happen.
Maureen Dowd, in her weekly column, wrote about how the country is about to see a woman picked to join a major presidential campaign — Joe Biden has promised to pick a female running mate — and what happened when Walter Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro for the 1984 election. However, the piece, and its framing on social media, caused a stir because it neglected to mention the former secretary of state who became the first woman to head a major party’s presidential ticket only four years ago.
“It’s hard to fathom, but it has been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket, writes [Dowd],” the New York Times opinion Twitter account shared, promoting the story in a tweet, which has since been deleted. “To use Geraldine Ferraro’s favorite expression, ‘Gimme a break!’”
But that neglects that Clinton picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as a running mate.
The social media account issued a correction, however, that also erased a female politician who sought one of the most powerful offices in the world.
“Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said it had been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket. It has been that long since a man chose a woman to run as his Vice President,” the update read. “We’ve deleted a tweet that repeated the error.”
However, the correction neglects that 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain named Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin was the second woman to run as the vice-presidential candidate for either major party and was the first female vice-presidential candidate in the GOP.
The New York Times opinion account deleted the correction and added a new one to specify that Biden’s selection will be the first time since Ferraro that a woman would join a man on the Democratic presidential ticket as the understudy.
Clinton responded to the original tweet promoting Dowd’s column.
“Either [Tim Kaine] and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again,” she said, while her spokesperson, Nick Merrill, added on social media, “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.”