After sparking a firestorm on social media by posting a tweet during Sunday’s Golden Globe awards which endorsed Oprah Winfrey as “OUR future president,” NBC News deleted the tweet from its account on Monday, claiming that it was posted by a “third party agency.”
Following a joke by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers in which he forbade Winfrey from running for president, noting he did the same with Donald Trump in 2011, NBC News tweeted “Nothing but respect for OUR future president” to its 1.77 million followers, along with an picture of Winfrey.
When NBC tweeted Oprah pic with ‘Nothing but respect for OUR future president,’ did it mean she should be president of NBC? Of the United States? Of something else? All-caps OUR kind of confusing… https://t.co/Q3TDMAmKRz pic.twitter.com/2uKUBKnQ5O
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 8, 2018
NBC News removed the tweet from its feed, and posted another one Monday, claiming that the controversial endorsement of Winfrey was “sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast.”
The network contended that the tweet was “in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”
Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018
Donald Trump Jr. responded to NBC’s tweet supporting Winfrey, blasting them by writing that their bias against President Donald Trump “is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.”
In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.
Can you trust anything they say at this point?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 8, 2018
Well. Well. Well. NBC deleted its tweet supporting Oprah as the next President. I’m glad they realized how biased it made them and I’m glad they deleted it. https://t.co/Hi1heSfTvz
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 8, 2018
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 8, 2018
NBC endorses Oprah for president
no surprise pic.twitter.com/g50nEb1C5a
— Papaldh (@papaldh) January 8, 2018
— Trumptress (@40Love6060) January 8, 2018