Some on the Left Are Hitting Back at The NYT Over a Headline About Trump

By Published on August 6, 2019

2020 Democratic candidates and others on the left called out The New York Times over a headline that they alleged was both inaccurate and not tough enough on President Donald Trump.

The original headline for Tuesday’s NYT paper read, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism,” and the sub-headline read, “A National Outcry Over Extremism.”  Tom Jolly, a NYT print editor, tweeted it out Monday and the accompanying story discussed Trump’s comments following two mass shootings over the weekend.

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Some on the left, including 2020 Democratic candidates, fired back on Twitter Monday evening condemning the headline for not criticizing Trump enough. The NYT later changed the headline to read, “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” and the sub-headline read, “Backlash To Extremism Pressures President.”

2020 Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rourke condemned The NYT for its original headline. New York Sen. Gillibrand wrote, “That’s not what happened,” and New Jersey Sen. Booker urged The NYT to do better, because “lives literally depend” on it.

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also hit back at the newspaper, calling it “cowardice.”

Wajahat Ali, a contributing op-ed writer for The NYT, called the original headline “terrible.” He later tweeted out that the updated headline was “on point” and told people not to “#CancelNYT,” which became a trending hashtag Tuesday morning on Twitter.

NYT bestselling author Chuck Wendig tweeted that “The NYT is so disappointing,” and Jason Rabinowitz, an author at AirlineReporter, wrote, “Are you [f—ing] kidding me?” in reply to the original headline photo.

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Others announced on Twitter that they would be cancelling subscriptions to The NYT over the headline, prompting the hashtag “CancelNYT.” CNN political contributor Joan Walsh tweeted saying she had cancelled her subscription, and Miranda Yaver, a freelance writer, did the same.

Yaver also tweeted out to The NYT, “Are you [f—ing] kidding me?” with a photo of the original headline and explained why she felt it was an “absurd characterization.”

Trump spoke in a press conference Monday about the two weekend mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He condemned white supremacy and talked about “racist hate.”

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” Trump said Monday. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”

He came under fire from many on the left and has been blamed for the weekend’s mass shootings, with some 2020 presidential candidates saying that Trump has promoted white supremacy and hatred.


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