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The internet loses its mind over Times headline

#CancelNYT trends on Twitter after the Gray Lady goes easy on Trump.

President Donald Trump addresses the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

President Donald Trump addresses the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock

The New York Post: liberal champions. The New York Times: right-wing propagandists. Is it … opposite week?

The Times has been receiving flack for its front page ever since Twitter caught a preview of one of its headlines Monday evening. The headline – since altered in the paper’s second print edition – responsible for riling up the internet? “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism.” 

Since the front page’s reveal, incensed politicians and civilians alike have been chastising the publication and calling on readers to cancel their Times subscriptions. 

"The original headline was flawed and was changed for all editions of the paper following the first edition," Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of communications for the Times, told USA Today in an emailed statement. "The headline in question never appeared online, only in the first print edition."

However, not everyone is applauding cancellations of the Times. Journalists from various publications have been urging people to think twice about cancelling their subscriptions, and to take into consideration that the headline was most likely written in haste to meet the paper’s print deadline.

The issue readers had with the Times’ headline is that it takes President Donald Trump’s speech regarding the weekend’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton at face value, rather than expressing skepticism about Trump’s commitment to “unity” within the U.S.

Yes, Trump’s speech called for unity on Monday, but he also suggested tying gun control legislation to “immigration reform” hours before he spoke to the press – despite both the Dayton and El Paso shooters being white. In July, Trump told women of color in Congress – citizens of the United States – to “go back” to the places “they came from.” In January 2017, he created a “travel ban” blocking people from predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. He kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015 by calling Mexicans “rapists,” and has worked tirelessly to generate funding for a massive border wall to further separate Mexico from the U.S. 

Was the headline incorrect? No. But it certainly seemed to miss the point.