Trump said he was “dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement” to quell the civic unrest caused by a white police officer killing George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis last week.
The Times front page shared by print editor Tom Jolly showed a headline across all six columns reading “As Chaos Spreads, Trump Vows To ‘End It Now.’” That, critics said, didn’t come close to expressing what happened:
You can be mad at this @nytimes headline. It is terrible.
But I just wish you’d be more mad that your local news is going bankrupt, because they are covering your town’s criminal justice issues, police brutality, opioids, schools, health, water, better than national news can. pic.twitter.com/8F7hwaUqLE
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) June 2, 2020
Tom, this is embarrassing. I’d be ashamed to work for a place that put this out.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 2, 2020
If the New York Times thinks this accurately describes what happened today, I have no idea what country they’ve been living in – they should just let Trump write their headlines. https://t.co/zZn7H5cZiC
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 2, 2020
This headline is a complete betrayal of the truth of what occurred today. The irony is that by failing so thoroughly and completely, @nytimes is actually causing it’s own extinction. Keep this both sides shit up and there won’t be a free press at after November. https://t.co/F3NS1brJuL
— Paychecko (@Paychecko) June 2, 2020
I’m not among those who love bashing the @nytimes, which I consider our frontline defense against tyranny. But this headline is stunningly bad, totally missing what may be the most chilling day in the Trump presidency. pic.twitter.com/p7KAxP8cvJ
— David Boardman (@dlboardman) June 2, 2020
It’s amazing that no media reporter has ever written the definitive piece about why the @nytimes sucks so bad at headlines when it matters most.
Undoubtedly arrogance is half the problem. But what’s the other half? Process?
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) June 2, 2020
Possibly one of the worst headlines ever written, and I used to write headlines for a living. NYT editor Dean Bacquet is a disgrace to journalism and ought to be fired.
— Michael Dresser (@michaeltdresser) June 2, 2020