Earlier this month The New York Times changed a headline of a story after liberals protested the wording for not calling out President Donald Trump’s racism. Then on August 28, the paper adjusted a story on the tenth anniversary of the Tea Party movement by adding a paragraph to address its perceived racism by liberals since they attacked President Barack Obama on a regular basis.
We have updated this story assessing the policy failures of the Tea Party movement 10 years after its rise to include context about attacks on President Barack Obama and racist displays at some Tea Party rallies. https://t.co/r4k0qZCQlH
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) August 28, 2019
The Times added a sentence–in bold to a paragraph to play up the racist angle after liberals protested.
One significant limitation to the Tea Party is the contradiction in its DNA: It was a mass uprising based on notions of small-government libertarianism that are popular with think tanks but not so popular with most Americans. And as Mr. Obama’s allies saw the movement, its outrage over the debt and deficit had another purpose: giving cover and a voice to those who wanted to attack the first black president — people who in some cases showed up at rallies waving signs with racist caricatures and references.