- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday ripped The New York Times for caving to “radical left Democrats” after the paper changed a headline about the president’s response to the Ohio and Texas shootings following complaints from multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

The New York Times‘ original title, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism,” appeared on the front page of its first edition Tuesday covering Mr. Trump’s response to the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, in which he condemned bigotry and white supremacy. The headline was later changed to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns,” after a torrent of criticism from prominent Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Some critics argued that the headline didn’t provide enough context for Mr. Trump’s remarks, including his past rhetoric on illegal immigration, and others wanted more attention on the fact that his speech didn’t address gun control.

The Times later acknowledged in a statement that the original headline was “flawed” and had been changed. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said it was a “bad headline” and that the decision to change it had nothing to do with outside pressure.

“The fact that Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker didn’t like it didn’t influence me,” Mr. Baquet told Politico in an interview Tuesday. “I don’t need the entire political field to tell me we wrote a bad headline. It was evident.”

Mr. Trump weighed in on the controversy on Twitter Wednesday morning, saying The Times got the headline right the first time but caved after “the Radical Left Democrats went absolutely CRAZY!”

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