The howls of outrage could be heard from every corner of left-wing Twitter. When The New York Times ran a sensible headline covering President Trump’s mass shootings speech on Monday – “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM” – they seemed to have forgotten, if only for a brief instant, that they are a mouthpiece for the leftist Resistance and not, as previously assumed, a serious newspaper that people read for facts and objective event coverage.
They quickly came to regret this temporary insanity.
“Not sure ‘TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM’ is how I would have framed the story,” whined Nate Silver, even though that headline is a pretty accurate summation of Trump’s speech.
“This is the ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ of racism,” tweeted Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith.
“Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT,” Cory Booker tweeted. “Please do.”
He offered no evidence that lives will be lost because the Times failed to (for once) bash Trump in their headlines.
“That’s not what happened,” said fellow presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand.
“Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions,” tweeted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
No. You are dumb.
But The New York Times quickly “fixed” the headline in time for the second edition: “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS,” read their revised take on the speech.
“The headline was bad and has been changed,” said a spokesperson for the paper.
In other words: It did not satisfy the demands of our readership, which is now indistinguishable from the kooks that go to a Bernie Sanders rally.
Here, in his own words, is what Trump said on Monday: “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. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
If that’s not “urging unity vs. racism,” then what is it?