• New York Times Readers Outraged Because Paper Was Too Soft on Trump (?)

    Surge Summary: The New York Times published a headline following the weekend’s mass-shootings which many felt was too soft on him — and readers and Twitter users let the paper know about their displeasure.

    It’s so outrageous it’s hilarious: this from the Huffington Post

    The New York Times is being run through the shredder after an overly generous headline about President Donald Trump’s comments about the weekend’s mass shootings.

    No, not a misread. The NYT, the venerated, Trump-bashing, Republican-hostile, conservative-maligning “Gray Lady”, is accused of being “overly generous” toward the president.

    Upon news that at least 31 people perished in in separate shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the paper seemingly responded in a way deemed unacceptable by some of its readers. This one time, it slipped up: the daily was insufficiently nasty to the Commander-in-Chief – and a certain segment of its previously devoted readership has bellowed: “Enough is Enough!”

    HuffPo’s Ed Mazza provides the backstory:

    While Trump on Monday denounced hate and white supremacy, he failed to acknowledge his own long history of hateful and racist rhetoric.

    Trump has referred to immigration as an invasion, and last month he told four women of color in Congress to “go back” to their ancestral countries. He also cracked a joke when someone at a rally in Florida suggested shooting immigrants.

    The alleged gunman in Texas reportedly shared a manifesto online that used similar language to Trump’s, referring to immigrants as “invaders” and using the phrase “Send them back.”

    But the first edition of the Times carried a front-page headline suggesting that the president was attempting to unify the country: “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.”

    To borrow from something Henry Kissinger once supposedly said: that header “has the added benefit of being true.” It accurately captures what Donald Trump said in his Monday address.

    Critics pounced on this whiff of objectivity, savaging the paper. Twitter users raged against it, while others declared they’d be canceling their subscriptions and urging others to do likewise.

    And …? Presto-chango! The headline was compliantly altered for the second edition. The new banner read: “Assailing Hate but Not Guns.”

    You can almost hear NYT devotees around the globe responding: Ahem. That’s better.

    “It’s not clear if the change was the result of the criticism,” points out the HuffPo piece.

    Yeah. Right. Just a coincidence.

    Frustration with the New York Times? Hey, Leftists, welcome to the world of conservative Americans.

    Some of the more high-profile Twitter complainers are below:

    Image: adapted from: Geoff Livingston – Flickr: The New York Times Building, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23945595

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