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The New York Times’ opinion Twitter account apologized and deleted a tweet that asked followers if they found Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “credible.”

The Twitter poll was posted during Ford’s testimony about the alleged assault she claims took place at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who also testified on Thursday.

“Christine Blasey Ford is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Do you find her testimony credible?” the poll asked.  “Yes,” “No,” and “Unsure” were the three options.

The reaction on Twitter was swift and mostly negative, resulting in an apology from the Times.

“We’re sorry for this tweet. In retrospect, a Twitter poll is insensitive in light of the gravity of this hearing. We’ve deleted it,” the new tweet said.

In a second tweet, the Times said it had planned a similar tweet asking about Kavanaugh’s credibility in an effort to justify the now-deleted tweet.

“We also recognize that asking only about Dr. Blasey’s credibility was inappropriate. We had intended to tweet a second poll about Judge Kavanaugh’s credibility this afternoon,” the tweet said.

Poll or no poll, the Times’s Editorial Board summed up the day’s testimony by praising Ford and criticizing Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.




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