Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) keyboard warriors tear The New York Times into shreds over gory pictures of Nairobi terror attack

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Gunmen stormed the luxury Dusit complex in Riverside, Nairobi where more than 14 people are feared dead and scores injured. Somalia-based terror  group, claimed responsibility for the aattack. PHOTO/SCREENSHOT

By CRIME REPORTER

Irate Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) staged one of the most vicious social media campaign against a newspaper when they derided The New York Times for publishing gory images of victims of the terror attack at Dusit complex in Riverside, Nairobi.

The vicious KOT keyboard warriors launched tirades against the highly rated newspaper saying the images they had used were inappropriate and should be withdrawn.

The New York Times writer Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, who said she was the incoming New York Times bureau chief for East Africa, asked the irate Kenyans to direct their anger to the photo desk and NYT.

“As I’ve said, I don’t choose the photos. Please direct your anger to our photo department. Thank you,” she responded to one of the tweets.

The New York Times issued a statement defending their use of the offending images. The statement said in part: “We have heard from some readers upset with our  publishing a photo showing victims after a brutal attack in Nairobi. We understand how painful this coverage can be, and we try to be very sensitive in how we handle both words and images in these situations.

But also believe it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this. This includes showing  pictures that are not sensationalized but that give a real sense of the situation,” statement said.

However, through two hashtags: #SomeOneTellNYtimes and #deportkimiko, unrelenting KOT keyboard warriors continued attacking The New York Times.

The New York Times later pulled down the offending images and apologized.

New York Times reporting is reminiscent of an insensitive news ID broadcasted by CNN in July 2015 ahead of then President Barrack Obama’s first visit to the country which described Kenya as a “Hotbed of Terror”.

However CNN ate humble pie for the insensitive label as CNN’s global Executive Vice President and Managing Director Tony Maddox, who oversees CNN’s global editorial policy, flew all the way from Atlanta to Nairobi to personally apologize to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans for the slur.

Fox (the entertainment wing of Fox News) producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto on February 23, 2017 apologised to Kenyans after using actual footage from the Westgate Attack mall in episode 4 of spy thriller 24 legacy.

“In episode 4 of 24 Legacy we regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi. It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show. We apologize for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry.” said the veteran producers in a statement.

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