New York Times Returns to the Presses to Change Trump, El Paso Headline After Backlash

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Posted: Aug 06, 2019 8:55 AM
 New York Times Returns to the Presses to Change Trump, El Paso Headline After Backlash

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Angry subscribers forced The New York Times to tweak today's top headline because it was apparently too kind to President Trump.

The initial headline read, "Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism" and went into detail about the president's response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Upon seeing it, some readers said, how dare they.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke called it "unbelievable" that the Times would steep so low, while progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) summed it up. The newspaper just cannot give Trump an inch in this debate.

Even contributors for the NYT had to say it. The title was "terrible."

So, the publishers ran back to the presses and changed the headline to the more acceptable, "Assailing hate but not guns." They also provided an explanation for the initial egregious error.

According to the Times, the first headline was penned by "some poor copy editor on the night shift trying sum up one of the most complicated issues of our time (race, violence, murder, immigration, bigotry, presidential history) in four words.”

They admit it was "bad."

But the apology may not be enough. I see #CancelNYT is trending.

Now, if you think the New York Times is too complimentary of President Trump, we've really got a problem. I mean this is the outlet who on Monday ran a story entitled, "El Paso Shooting Suspect's Manifesto Echoes Trump's Language." That, I presume, was much more favorable to liberal eyes. What's more, the Times may be trying to make up for this morning's debacle because one glance at the digital front page and you'll see op-ed after op-ed calling Trump a white supremacist. 

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Others were shocked that this is what it's come to.

Thirty-one people were killed in this weekend's mass shootings. Trump addressed the tragedies from the White House on Monday, where he condemned white supremacy and addressed the need to combat mental illness. He will visit El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday.