Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New York Times Keeps Rewriting Headline to Shield Democrats

America’s newspaper of record modified its headline repeatedly to provide cover for obstructionist Democrats.

The feverish revisions came after Senate Democrats successfully blocked the coronavirus stimulus package from passing.

The original headline read: “Senate Democrats blocked action on a trillion-dollar stimulus plan,” but that was too unflattering for the editor-in-chief. 

Per NewsBusters:

The Times reported “Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked action on an emerging deal to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, paralyzing the progress of a nearly $2 trillion government rescue package they said failed to adequately protect workers or impose strict enough restrictions on bailed-out businesses.”

But then the verbal spin shifted, from “Democrats block” to “partisan divide.” Trump aides pointed it out: 

Our old colleague Liz Harrington made fun of the change, which carried the echoes of the changes forced on the Times copy editors last summer when they wrote that “infamous” headline “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” Perhaps the DNC can offer some “prior restraint” to prevent panicked editing.  

After being mocked by a pile of conservative leaders and websites, the Times appears to have modified the story’s headline to “As State Pleas Mount, Trump Outlines Some Federal Action; Senate Democrats Block Stimulus Package.” 

It’s unclear how the media will spin the Democrats’ second successful blockage of the coronavirus economic relief package. One thing is for sure: they wouldn’t be this charitable to Republicans.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The New York Times is a demo crated rag which calls its America’s Newspaper, but is a liberal rag. We I was young I thought the Washington Post and the New York Times were fairly good but not as good as the Daily News which was always fair with its reporting. The news was reported back then in the 50’s.not opinion that was only on the editorial page.

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