The US newspaper got into trouble after print editor Tom Jolly shared a preview of Tuesday’s front page. The headline on the story about the aftermath of the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio was ‘Trump urges unity vs. racism.’ Its sub-headline read as ‘Condemns ‘slaughters,’ but says little of gun control.’
One of the first to take issue with NYT’s headline was popular polling expert Nate Silver. “Not sure ‘TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM’ is how I would have framed the story,” he wrote. Silver’s tweet, which quickly went viral, got more than 20,000 ‘likes’ and was shared 3,600 times.
Many slammed the headline as inappropriate; some users on social media claimed they had cancelled their subscriptions to the paper because of the way it handled the story. Several of the Democratic Party’s candidates for the 2020 presidential election also jumped in to bash the Times.