NYT's Haberman criticized for comparing Trump Twitter blocking to Iran social media crackdown

NYT's Haberman criticized for comparing Trump Twitter blocking to Iran social media crackdown
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New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman on Tuesday faced criticism from some conservative media members after comparing President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE blocking individuals on Twitter to Iran's government blocking Instagram and other social media.

The tweets come as protests in Iran have turned deadly in recent days, with hundreds of citizens being arrested.

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The blowback began after Associated Press reporter Josh Lederman tweeted to his 27,000 followers that the "Trump administration calls on #Iran to unblock Instagram, other social media amid protests."

 

Haberman retweeted Lederman's report to her 694,000 followers, noting, "the president often blocks individual people from seeing" his Twitter feed.

 

The reactions came pouring in afterward, including from Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro and Fox News contributor Stephen Miller. 

 

Haberman responded to Shapiro, conceding she may have made her point "inartfully."

 

The back-and-forth comes as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump UN pick donated to GOP members on Senate Foreign Relations panel Pentagon sends B-52 bombers to Europe for exercises amid tensions with Russia Overnight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs MORE called on the U.N. to address the situation in Iran via emergency sessions as protests reached their sixth day.

“The U.N. must speak out,” Haley told reporters at a press conference. “In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”

Protests in Iran originally focused on the country's stagnant economy, but have since turned into anti-government demonstrations, with at least 21 people reported killed.

"The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic — those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence — they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution," said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his first comments since the unrest began.