After a bunch of liberals complained about The New York Times’ straight-forward and accurate description of what President Trump said about the recent mass shootings, the newspaper caved and changed the headline to one that essentially editorialized about what the paper thought he should have said.
Of course, Trump tweeted, “’Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,’ was the correct description in the first headline by the Failing New York Times, but it was quickly changed to, ‘Assailing Hate But Not Guns,’ after the Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY!”
Fox News points out that the complainers included Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke of El Paso and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted along with an image of the first front page headline, “Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions,” making it up out of thin air.
Always an agenda.
Making it up “our” thin air.
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The NY Times scrapped a “fist” edition
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Yup, gotta keep the paying customers coming back for more.
This is what really kills journalism.
In the early days of Political Correctness – oh, I think around the Clinton era, who would have ever thought the thought police would ever gain such control? PCness started with such tepid beginnings, late night comedy hosts berating us for what we think, thought becoming “triggers” requiring safe spaces, etc.
Virtue signalers have gotten the green light to crawl over every perceived slight and act on them. Now, an entire nation has become divided and is going beyond merely savaging each other in media. Now we can, “get ’em at the gas stations, get them anywhere you see them….” When pretzel twisting the logic of every statement to fit an agenda is acceptable, actions and violence will follow and no one will survive. Alinsky must be reveling in his grave.
Everyone needs a niche Thomas but I never figure with all the stories out there today, a target rich environment, that you’re focusing on criticizing the very best newspaper left in the entire country for what; keeping their subscribers happy and continuing to be able to stay in business?
I find three areas of poor judgement:
1) Once the headline was established, it should have stood.
2) Pointing out that Trump failed to address guns is editorializing and certainly does not belong in a news headline.
3) The term “assailing hate” is a bit ridiculous though, for a President that consistently fans the flames of hate. The original “urges unity” or perhaps denouncing hate, would have been more appropriate.
A very disappointing performance by the NYT
Kowtowing to a vocal minority of readers does not make the vast majority of subscribers, who want straight, unvarnished reporting, happy.
It’s beneath you Thomas to focus on such trivialities when there are so many worthy subjects though.
At least that’s my opinion.
Journalism is not trivial.
I’m assuming that even in the haloed profession of journalism that there are trivialities and those, in comparison to the big issues of the day, are still trivialities.
This story is just one of many that validates Mark Levin’s excellent new book – “Unfreedom of the Press!”
My take on Levin’s book: https://4thst8.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/newspaper-column-book-offers-historic-perspective-on-the-press/
Thanks Mr. Mitchell…and here’s the latest on the “headline change” debacle…
This posting mechanism seems to have a hair trigger…yes, that’s my post above!
[…] the next edition of the newspaper, the headline read, “Assailing hate but not guns.” All Trump had said was, “Mental illness and hatred pulls the […]