When Trump Is the Story, Writing the Page One Headline Can Be Trouble

Tuesday’s New York Times headline on President Trump’s address to the nation: “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism.” After criticism, the Times changed it to “Assailing Guns But Not Hate.”

Among the attacks on the Times unity vs. racism headline: “Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by–and often relies upon–the cowardice of mainstream institutions,” tweeted Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

How did the Times do today after President Trump left Washington to visit the wounded cities of Dayton and El Paso?


The Washington Post:

On arrival, Trump stokes divisions

The Dayton Daily News:

TRUMP: SURVIVORS HAD GOD WATCHING—President meets with injured, responders in Dayton mass shooting

The El Paso Times:

Trump visits prompt anger, debate: Two American cities grapple with grief, yearn for solutions to recent misery

The tabloid approach in the New York Post:

T AND SYMPATHY: Prez visits survivors of mass shootings

The Wall Street Journal:

Trump Visits Grieving Cities As Gun-Control Debate Boils

Courtesy of the Newseum’s daily roundup of newspaper front pages, here are other front page headlines:

Protests greet the presidentArizona Republic

Trump visits grieving cities, and lashes outLos Angeles Times

Defiant chants as Trump visits Dayton and El PasoDenver Post

Emotions run high during Trump visitsHartford Courant

Manifestantes reciben con protestas a Trump en Dayton y El Paso el Nuevo Herald (Miami)

President visits victims as emotions run highOrlando Sentinel

Visits to bring comfort also brings out protestersAtlanta Journal-Constitution

Protesters greet TrumpDes Moines Register

Emotions run high in Trump visits Chicago Tribune

Controversial visits: Trump trips to Dayton, El Paso after shootings divide protesters, supportersLouisville Courier-Journal

Trump visits Dayton, El PasoNew Orleans Times-Picayune-New Orleans Advocate

Divisions laid bare in Trump visitsBoston Globe

Emotions run high in visits by TrumpBaltimore Sun

Trump faces protests in Ohio, TexasBangor Daily News

Amid Trump’s solace: VitriolDetroit News

Offering condolences, grievances and barbsMinneapolis StarTribune

Trump met by protests on visits to Dayton, El Paso – Kansas City Star


Chanting protesters mark Trump visits to Dayton and El PasoCharlotte Observer

Large protests greet TrumpLincoln Journal Star

Protesters chant as Trump visits Dayton, El PasoConcord Monitor

Seeing hurt, and division, firsthand Newark Star-Ledger

Trump defends ongoing divisive rhetoricAlbuquerque Journal

Trump visits cities of latest mass shootingsLas Vegas Review-Journall

Dems press Trump on gun controlCleveland Plain Dealer

Trumps travel to Dayton, El Paso: President offers comfort to victims, criticism of rivals in an up-and-down tripPortland Oregonian

Raw Emotions: Trump visited the cities where 31 people died at the barrel of a gun. He met with firs responders, the injured—and protests and anger – Philadelphia Inquirer

Rancorous reception: President’s visits to Dayton and El Paso met with protests and political attacksProvidence Journal

Candidates confront hate in US: Booker, Biden condemn racist rhetoric in Emanuel AME, Iowa speeches; Angry messages, protests greet president in El Paso, Dayton Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier

Trump visits prompt anger, debate: Two American cities grapple with grief, yearn for solutions to recent misery – El Paso Times

Handshakes and hostility: Some fault, others welcome Trump visit to El PasoDallas Morning News

Pain, questions as Trump visits: The White House says that people in El Paso and Dayton received the president “warmly,”but there is no shortage of protestors holding him responsible for recent tragediesSalt Lake Tribune

Trump boils over on day of healingSeattle Times

Trump faces protests during visits: President says his words have not divided countryMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trumps visits shooting survivors: President praises first responders and hospital staff, lashes out at DemocratsCharleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail
Some newspaper front pages has no Trump coverage, among them papers in Omaha, Oklahoma City, Boise, Richmond, and Memphis. The San Francisco Chronicle led its front page with Oysters in peril as climate warms


  1. Neil Manson says

    Headlines like the one mentioned are a big part of why, when I read the Washington Post nowadays, I only read the Sports page. It’s a shame, because starting 40 years ago (I was a smart 7th grader who read the papers!) it was my primary source of information for national affairs for many, many years. Through various national political ups and downs, it was still very solid on the news. Then Bezos bought it and made the news divisions use tools like Bandito, and now it reads like a tabloid.

    You really ought to write a story about the Post using Bandito. They don’t hide it! I think it is corrosive.


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