A contemporary New York Times piece was slammed on Twitter for what seemed to be a flattering description of an Iranian nuclear scientist.

On Saturday, the New York Times printed an article on deceased Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was assassinated by Israeli operatives in November 2020. Although Fakhrizadeh was allegedly related to creating covert nuclear weapons for Iran, the article together with the NYT Twitter account highlighted the scientist’s “domestic pleasures.” 


“Despite his prominent position, Iran’s top nuclear scientist wanted to live a normal life. He loved reading poetry, taking his family to the seashore and driving his own car instead of having bodyguards drive him in an armored vehicle,” the tweet be taught.

The article titled “The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killing Machine” largely centered on the circumstances surrounding Fakhrizadeh’s dying, nonetheless the piece as a substitute gained infamy for the tweet’s sympathetic description of a “murderous regime” mastermind.

National Review editor Rich Lowry referred to as out the tweet, notably saying, “This is a tweet that gives the wrong idea about an incredibly compelling, detailed story about how the Israelis assassinated Iran’s top nuclear scientist with a remote-controlled robot machine gun.”

Washington Free Beacon creator Adam Kredo tweeted, “He was also a Jew hater, helped his government murder people, and wanted to give genocidal maniacs a nuclear weapon.”

Some shoppers in distinction the outline to The Washington Post’s earlier piece describing an ISIS chief as an “austere religious scholar.” In October 2019, the headline be taught “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.” The headline on the time furthermore confronted backlash from Twitter shoppers.

The New York Times has nevertheless to alter the tweet.