A bevy of prominent leftist lawmakers and pundits blasted The New York Times for its front page feature about the dual deadly mass killings that took place on Saturday and Sunday, so the paper changed its headline.
The outlet ran an article titled, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism,” and included President Donald Trump’s remarks about the deadly weekend. The outlet summarized the president’s speech about the mass killings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in which he called for unity over racism in the United States.
On Monday, Trump said, “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”
He also added that hate and racism should be battled with both “love” and “unity.”
After heavy backlash over their factually accurate headline, the Times opted to change it altogether.
Who is saying what?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a frequent critic of President Trump, was one of the lawmakers who shared anger on social media, pointing the finger at the Times for its complicity in aiding white supremacy.
Quoting FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver’s tweet about the Times, the freshman congresswoman
wrote, “Let this front page serve as a reminder of white supremacy is aided by — and often relies upon — the cowardice of mainstream institutions.”
Ocasio-Cortez was just one Democratic lawmaker who took the Times to task over the feature.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) blasted the article on social media as well.
wrote, “Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do.”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) also weighed in.
“That’s not what happened,” she
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke simply
Presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also took aim at the publication, writing, “Hey, @nytimes — what happened to ‘The Truth Is Worth It?’ Not the truth. Not worth it.”
It wasn’t just lawmakers running for president who took issue with the Times’ characterization of Trump’s remarks on the killings.
Shareblue’s Oliver Willis took a different tack on the matter, writing, “[T]he new york times wants us dead. because that’s the only reason you’d watch that racist slime squish his way through this and come up with that headline. prove me wrong.”
CNN’s Joan Walsh revealed that she was so mad, she canceled her subscription to the long-running publication.
She wrote, “I just canceled my subscription. Finally. So many provocations. But this did it.”
Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith called the headline racist.
“This is the ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ of racism,” he wrote.
So what happened then?
The outlet admitted that the headline was problematic, and replaced the headline with more biased variations.
According to Fox News, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy issued a statement on the retraction.
“The original headline was flawed and was changed for all editions of the paper following the first edition,” the statement read. “The headline in question never appeared online, only in the first print edition.”
Silver later pointed out that the Times’ headline was changed for the newspaper’s next edition, reading “Assailing hate but not guns.
He wrote, “FWIW (certainly better to do this than not IMO) they changed their headline between the 1st and 2nd print edition.”