Never tweet? Eight times New York Times employees got in trouble on Twitter

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"Never tweet" is famous advice to young professionals looking to avoid career-defining online gaffes, but the mantra hasn't always gotten through to New York Times staffers.
In recent years, a number of New York Times reporters have found themselves in hot water for ill-advised tweets. These controversies caused the Times to issue a social media guide for their employees and make it public for their readers.

The Times' social media guidelines warn journalists they should "not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times's journalistic reputation."

Here are the times when Gray Lady reporters have put themselves and the newspaper in a bind in the time it takes to write 280 characters.

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"Enemies of the State"

New York Times Justice Department reporter Katie Benner called for Trump supporters to be considered "enemies of the state" last week.

"Today's #January6thSelectCommittee underscores the America's current, essential natsec dilemma: Work to combat legitimate national security threats now entails calling a politician's supporters enemies of the state," Benner tweeted during a congressional hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot.

Benner wrote, "As Americans, we believe that state power should not be used to work against a political figure or a political party. But what happens if a politician seems to threaten the state? If the politician continues to do so out of office and his entire party supports that threat?"

Benner's comments received immediate backlash and within a few hours, Benner deleted them. In a follow-up tweet, Benner called her comments "unclearly worded."

The New York Times didn't issue any public statement or acknowledgement of Benner's comments.

Pulling a Chris Matthews

While it appears Benner didn't face any consequences from the Times, one former editor lost her job for a partisan tweet. Lauren Wolfe, a former freelance editor for the paper, was fired after she tweeted her excitement over then President-elect Joe Biden…
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