In the slop she served up as an opinion column on Saturday, The New York Times’s Maureen Dowd beclowned herself by declaring that it has been “36 years since a man and woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket.”
“Has America grown since 1984,” she wondered, “or will the knives still be out for Biden’s running mate?”
In a tweet promoting the column, Dowd wrote: “It’s hard to fathom, but it has been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket. To use Geraldine Ferraro’s favorite expression, ‘Gimme a break!’”
Twitter users were quick to remind Dowd that we are only four years removed from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party nomination. Not to mention the fact that she put Tim Kaine – a man – on her ticket, thus ruining Dowd’s entire premise that we haven’t seen such an occurrence since the Mondale/Ferraro ticket of 1984.
“How does an error this significant get past an editor?” asked a befuddled Yashar Ali.
The NRC’s Matt Whitlock tweeted, “The NYT may have just deleted this ridiculous tweet, but they’re really going to have to delete the entire article.”
The article even attracted the attention of Hillary Clinton herself, who wrote, “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.”
After an hour or so, the New York Times came back with a correction.
“It’s hard to fathom, but it has been 36 years since a man chose to put a woman on the Democratic ticket with him, writes @MaureenDowd. To use Geraldine Ferraro’s favorite expression, ‘Gimme a break!'” the revised tweet read.
The Times also added a correction to the column itself: “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. We’ve deleted a tweet that repeated the error.”
Of course, when you put it that way – “it has been that long since a man chose a woman to run as his vice president” – you are once again in the territory of nonsense, given that it’s only been 12 years since John McCain ran with Sarah Palin by his side.
Try again, NY Times. Maybe the third time will be the charm.