Amid a flood of criticism from Democratic presidential candidates and Trump critics, The New York Times changed the initial headline of its front-page story for Tuesday on President Trump's televised statement responding to the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
In his prepared remarks on Monday, Trump condemned white supremacy and all forms of racial hatred, called for Americans to come together, and urged congressional leaders to work toward bipartisan solutions to help prevent future tragedies. The Times initially gave its coverage of Trump's speech the headline "TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM," as shown in a preview of Tuesday's edition circulated online. But, as The Daily Wire reported, after a flood of complaints from the Left, including several Democratic presidential hopefuls, the Times altered the headline to "ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS."
Early Wednesday morning, Trump called out the Times for altering its initial, more straightforward headline to a more editorializing headline at the behest of his critics. The Times' actions, he suggested, was the definition of "fake news."
As the Times' original front-page headline stated, Trump did in fact urge unity and unequivocally condemn racism in his televised remarks from the White House on Monday. "The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate," he said. "In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul." He also called for greater national unity and bipartisan solutions. "We cannot allow ourselves to feel powerless. We can and will stop this evil contagion. In that task, we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost, by acting as one people," he said. "Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solutions – we have to do that, in a bipartisan manner – that will truly make America safer and better for all."
“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! Fake News - That’s what we’re up against...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
..”This is an astounding development in journalism. I’ve never seen it happen before, I’ve just never seen anything like this! Is that journalism today? I don’t think so!” Mark Penn, Former Clinton Advisor. @TuckerCarlson After 3 years I almost got a good headline from the Times!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
The left proved they do not know how to handle poor headlines by responding like this:
“Meanwhile, the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” @OANN I hope other news outlets will report this as opposed to Fake News. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Tomorrow's NYT print edition.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 6, 2019
Not sure "TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM" is how I would have framed the story. pic.twitter.com/quOibXsp32
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
Every day there is evidence of the bias of the leftwing media and it appears there is no end in sight.
FWIW (certainly better to do this than not IMO) they changed their headline between the 1st and 2nd print edition. pic.twitter.com/DOSAMFbvq0— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) August 6, 2019