Accuracy in Media

After describing President Donald Trump’s speech Monday condemning racism in the wake of the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the New York Times later caved to liberal pressure and changed its article headline about coverage of the speech to one supporting gun control.

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate,” Trump said in his speech.

“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. We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.”

After the president’s speech, the Times’ preview of its print edition promoted an original headline stating that “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism” on the front page of its first edition. But about an hour later, Times editor Tom Jolly promoted a new headline, that President Trump was “assailing hate but not guns.”

“Tomorrow’s @nytimes tonight, second edition: @realDonaldTrump assails hate but not guns,” Jolly Tweeted out.

As Fox News’ Gerren Keith Gaynor reported, the Times changed its headline after online criticism from liberals like FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

“Some Twitter users threatened to cancel their subscriptions and urged others to do the same,” Gaynor reported, quoting a statement from Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy acknowledging the headline change.

“‘The original headline was flawed and was changed for all editions of the paper following the first edition,’ the statement read. ‘The headline in question never appeared online, only in the first print edition.’”

Gaynor also reported that the Times’ “website also showed a similar headline: ‘Trump Condemns Bigotry but Doesn’t Call for Major New Guns Laws.’”

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