A New York Times headline about President Donald Trump’s remarks on the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton drew condemnation online — including some Democratic presidential candidates — and was subsequently changed late Monday.
The newspaper summarized Trump’s comments, in which he denounced hate and white supremacy, with the headline “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism” on the front page of its first edition.
A photograph of Tuesday’s first edition was tweeted out by journalist Nate Silver on Monday night and was quickly slammed by critics who accused the Gray Lady of inaccurately representing Trump’s comments.
Some Twitter users threatened to cancel their subscriptions and urged others to do the same.
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Not sure "TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM" is how I would have framed the story. pic.twitter.com/quOibXsp32
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 6, 2019
“I canceled my subscription,” tweeted author and CNN contributor Joan Walsh, adding, “I can’t keep rewarding such awful news judgment.”
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Prominent Democrats in Washington also took aim at The Times, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
“Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by — and often relies upon — the cowardice of mainstream institutions,” the freshman congresswoman tweeted.
Presidential candidates, many of whom blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the El Paso, Texas, shooting that left at least 22 dead, also decried the headline.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “That’s not what happened.”
“Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do,” wrote Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions. https://t.co/ynjgtT66yI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
That’s not what happened. https://t.co/m6eIZOARcZ
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 6, 2019
Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do. https://t.co/L4CpCb8zLi
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 6, 2019
A photograph of The Times’ second edition of the front page hours later revealed that the headline had been changed to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.”
Its website also showed a similar headline: “Trump Condemns Bigotry but Doesn’t Call for Major New Guns Laws.”
Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy acknowledged in a statement the original headline was problematic.
“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.”
Gerren Keith Gaynor is a digital editor at Fox News. This Fox News piece is used by permission.
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