New York Times journalist Maureen Dowd became the target of many eye-rolls on the internet this past Saturday, August 8, when her column claimed "it has been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket."
After the article's publication, Dowd was reminded more than a couple times online that Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee only four years ago.
In a column, New York Times opinion writer Maureen Dowd somehow forgot about the 2016 election–namely, who ran on t… https://t.co/s3dHWjxlrL— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast) 1596901465.0
Apparently America was ready for a woman running for president but vice president is still a question mark, accordi… https://t.co/9dsgPtLl7G— Joe Flint (@Joe Flint) 1596904824.0
The New York Times later issued a revision to the story, writing:
"Correction: Aug. 8, 2020 An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated the history of the Democratic ticket."
"It has been 36 years since a man chose a woman to run as his vice-president on the Democratic ticket, not 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket."
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, w… https://t.co/NIhnSPcYyx— New York Times Opinion (@New York Times Opinion) 1596897027.0
Unfortunately, the Times' correction was too little too late for many online.
to be clear, this isn't the fault of NYT's social media team. the error comes directly from Maureen Dowd. the error… https://t.co/fRRkdqWsqu— tsar becket adams (@tsar becket adams) 1596895823.0
In case you were wondering, in the entire article there’s no mention of Hillary & Tim Kaine. So it wasn’t just a ba… https://t.co/8YQce8wRxL— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JERRY DUNLEAVY) 1596896325.0
Many people were aghast that such an important female political figure had already been wiped from Dowd's memory.
Come on!!! @maureendowd @nytimes https://t.co/2pCx2aN5y9— Stephanie J. Block (@Stephanie J. Block) 1596896690.0
People giving @maureendowd or @nytimes a hard time about this need to Google the term "parallel construction." It s… https://t.co/FPzQkxfQwl— Charles Gasparino (@Charles Gasparino) 1596903515.0
Clinton herself even responded online, throwing some shade at Dowd.
Either @TimKaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie bef… https://t.co/AXL16KK2Fj— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) 1596898055.0
Might I respond with my friend Hillary, borrowing from the great Stephen Sondheim: “Good times and bum times I’ve… https://t.co/1eX229DB26— Tim Kaine (@Tim Kaine) 1596901990.0
Political Twitter suggest Clinton had been waiting for the right moment to bring this zinger out against the NYT columnist.
Makes you wonder how many @maureendowd tweets Hillary Clinton has left in Drafts over the years... https://t.co/LeIuGpK7rD— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur) 1596904673.0
If Hillary Clinton has been waiting for a chance to use that line ever since Maureen Dowd's inane "Donald the Dove,… https://t.co/TBokNtidnY— Rob Pegoraro (@Rob Pegoraro) 1596899856.0
How could anyone forget about the 2016 election‽‽
4 years. It’s been 4 years. Only the dynamic duo of Maureen Dowd and the NYT could erase the last election, where a… https://t.co/qlm2lYuuXV— Nick Merrill (@Nick Merrill) 1596899235.0
For the first time in 30 years, Maureen Dowd forgot about Hillary. https://t.co/WExqx4mu50— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1596897536.0
Dowd's dislike of Hillary Clinton has been well documented in her many columns.
Maureen Dowd's personal and specific hatred of Hillary Clinton has had a measurably bad effect on our nation's trajectory.— David M. Perry (@David M. Perry) 1596895756.0
I have read more of Maureen Dowd’s vendetta against Hillary Clinton than anyone in the world. Proof: https://t.co/RDkyU8EHly— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1596901308.0
Perhaps the Times was playing 4D chess with this mistake?
everyone assumes the NYTimes messed up by not catching this incredible error, but let's give them the benefit of th… https://t.co/fEK1E6zh2Y— Johnny McNulty (@Johnny McNulty) 1596895610.0
It may have only been four years since the last time a woman ran on the Democratic ticket, but perhaps this year will be the first time one of them wins.