Trump Throws Tantrum Over NY Times Headline About His Speech After Mass Shootings
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw a fit over an updated New York Times headline, saying it was changed after “Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY!”
“’Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism,’ was the correct description in the first headline by the Failing New York Times, but it was quickly changed to, ‘Assailing Hate But Not Guns,’ after the Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY!” the president tweeted.
“Fake News – That’s what we’re up against,” he added.
In a second tweet, he quoted Mark Penn, saying the former Clinton adviser called it an “astounding development in journalism” during an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.
“After 3 years I almost got a good headline from the Times!” Trump added.
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said on Tuesday that his newspaper’s original Monday front-page headline, which asserted President Trump urged “unity vs. racism” after mass shootings, was a “bad” one and “was changed pretty quickly” following backlash online.
“It was written on deadline and when it was passed along for approval we all saw it was a bad headline and changed it pretty quickly,” Baquet told The Daily Beast’s editor-at-large Lloyd Grove.
“I understand the concern people have. Headlines matter. But I hope they read the coverage, which I will argue was strong,” Baquet added.
Here’s Trump’s reaction:
..”This is an astounding development in journalism. I’ve never seen it happen before, I’ve just never seen anything like this! Is that journalism today? I don’t think so!” Mark Penn, Former Clinton Advisor. @TuckerCarlson After 3 years I almost got a good headline from the Times!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019