January 31, 2018

WashPost Changes Print SOTU Headline After Apparent Lefty Journos’ Pressure

The Washington Post says that “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” and fancies itself as the guardian of truth and integrity. One could argue that the paper’s integrity died Tuesday night, as it changed its front-page state of the Union speech headline in it first print edition — “A call for bipartisanship” — to “A ‘new American moment’” after apparent pressure from other leftist journalists.

The Post tweeted out its original headline, and then announced that it had been changed without explanation (h/t Twitchy; readers can click on either image for a larger version in a separate tab or window):

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Note how the first tweet gave readers a clear impression that “the front page” was a finished product.

There’s more.

Twitchy’s photo of the second tweet contains the revised headline, but the Post’s second tweet now seen at Twitter covers up the masthead and headline, giving current viewers the default impression that the original headline remained:

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(Also note that the paper replaced the original analysis piece with two others. What was wrong with the original?)

What changed after that first print edition headline?

It’s not possible that the paper’s journalists re-watched President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address and decided that Trump really didn’t call for bipartisanship or national unity. Because he did, at least four times:

… (after lauding the bipartisan outpouring of support for Republican Congressman Steve Scalise)

… it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.

… (addressing the American people)

Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of a nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family can do anything.

… (on infrastructure)

I am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure that our economy needs and our people deserve. (Applause.)

… (after identifying his four pillars of immigration policy)

… these four pillars will produce legislation that fulfills my ironclad pledge to sign a bill that puts America first. (Applause.) So let’s come together, set politics aside, and finally get the job done. (Applause.)

It appears that the Post was convinced to change the headline by far-left media critics who could not abide the headline’s reference to bipartisanship, despite its truthfulness. Here are a few of the outraged tweets:

If the original headline reflected reality, there was no journalism-based reason to change it.

Integrity died at the Post last night, first in plain sight, then in darkness.

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