Dems Are Not Happy With NYT's Trump Headline

'Unbelievable' was one response to banner after weekend mass shootings
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2019 3:03 AM CDT
Dems Are Not Happy With NYT's Trump Headline
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is seen in Manchester, NH, on July 13, 2019.   (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

There are plenty of armchair headline writers on any given day, but more than a few raised concerns Monday about one in particular in the New York Times. USA Today notes disbelief and anger, especially from high-profile Democrats, was a prominent response to the way the Gray Lady chose to depict President Trump's reaction to the double mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend, with the following headline set to appear in Tuesday morning's print edition: "Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism." Because some, including Sen. Cory Booker, have said Trump's inflammatory remarks are responsible for spurring some of the violence in this country—notably the El Paso shooting, in which the gunman's alleged manifesto echoed some of the president's own rhetoric on an immigrant "invasion"—that headline didn't sit well with many.

"That's not what happened," Oval Office contender Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted. Beto O'Rourke, who went viral Sunday with an expletive-filled criticism on how the media has been covering Trump, had a curt reaction: "unbelievable." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also weighed in, noting, "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 Times obviously heard all of the critiques. "The headline was bad and has been changed for the second edition," a spokesperson for the paper tells the Washington Post. The new headline: "Assailing Hate but Not Guns." (More New York Times stories.)

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