New York Times Pulitzer Winner Briefly Deletes Account After Sharing Conspiracy Theory

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Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on the New York Times’ 1619 Project, briefly deleted her Twitter account before reactivating it about an hour later. Before deleting her account, Hannah-Jones deleted a tweet that distributed a conspiracy theory thread that expressed a belief that the government was setting off fireworks in the middle of the night to sow division in black and brown communities in Brooklyn. Here are screengrabs of the thread:

She tweeted this in response to criticism of her sharing the thread:

This goes without saying, but the New York Times has a difficult situation on its hands figuring out how to address this story, where their social media standards were almost certainly violated by one of their most well known authors.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. First, the 1619 Project is based on lies. Second, I have to question the sanity of anyone that thinks the government is setting off fireworks in high crime areas just to “disorient” BLM. What a joke!

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