President Donald Trump went after the New York Times for allegedly changing one of their headlines after pressure from some Democrats.
In a pair of tweets published Wednesday morning, the president went after the Times for changing the headline of a recent print publication of the paper from “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism” to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns” after the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas that claimed the lives of 22 people.
Trump claimed that the change was made after pressure came from “the Radical Left Democrats” going “absolutely crazy” over the original headline and that “fake news” is what he and his supporters are “up against.”
“’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! Fake News – That’s what we’re up against,” wrote the president.
He also quoted former advisor to former President Bill Clinton Mark Penn from an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who called the headline change “an astounding development in journalism” that he had never seen “happen before,” and quipping that he “almost got a good headline from the Times” after three years.
..”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
Several prominent Democrats — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) — had taken issue with the Times’ original headline from the paper.
Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions. https://t.co/ynjgtT66yI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
That’s not what happened. https://t.co/m6eIZOARcZ
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 6, 2019
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 6, 2019
The Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that the headline was “written on deadline” and was changed “pretty quickly” after it was deemed “a bad headline” during the approval process.