'New York Times' Changes Headline About Trump's Mass Shootings Response Following Criticism

The headline, as many Democratic leaders quickly pointed out, did a disservice to the larger story surrounding the shootings.


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The New York Times landed on a pretty dumb headline in connection with what Trump was presumably directed to say about the weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio (he sent condolences to Toledo) and El Paso, Texas.

As your timeline has surely informed you by now, the previewed front page print headline in question was "TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM" and prompted immediate criticism for obvious reasons including abject shittiness.

More specifically, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic leaders noted how such a headline choice serves as yet another example of how the rise of white supremacy is assisted by institutional cowardice.

Unbelievable. https://t.co/rLgaacttDS

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 6, 2019

How is it possible that multiple people charged with reporting the news approved this? https://t.co/xrIUEx3ymu

— aubrey blanche-sarellano (she/her) (@adblanche) August 6, 2019

Hey, @nytimes — what happened to “The Truth Is Worth It?”

Not the truth.
Not worth it. pic.twitter.com/N5tMTEoLln

— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 6, 2019

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

Tomorrow’s @nytimes tonight, second edition: @realDonaldTrump assails hate but not guns; China employs currency in trade feud, jolting markets. #nytimes pic.twitter.com/1fD4pVEbaF

— Tom Jolly (@TomJolly) August 6, 2019

In a follow-up statement to The Daily Beast Tuesday, Times executive editor Dean Baquet claimed the headline "was written on deadline and when it was passed along for approval we all saw it was a bad headline and changed it pretty quickly."

Trump's responses (which more recently/notably includes tweets of the deflecting variety aimed at Obama) to mass shootings and to the nation’s related toxic masculinity and white supremacist epidemics have been rightfully criticized since the beginning of his time in the White House.

Following the fatal Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, for example, the former reality TV personality infamously told the nation he believed there were "some very fine people" on both sides. One side in that incident, for clarity's sake, were white supremacists. On the other side were protesters, including Heather Heyer, who was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. intentionally drove a vehicle into the crowd.

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