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A New York Times headline last week said, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” But after receiving heavy criticism, the Times changed the headline to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.” CNN contributor Joan Walsh tweeted, “I canceled my subscription. I can’t keep rewarding such awful news judgement.” Sen. Cory Booker said, “Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do.” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions.” And New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted, “That’s not what happened.” So should public opinion influence how the news media reports a story? Sometimes journalists and mainstream news outlet get it wrong. But if they allow public opinion to force a headline change or dictate their news coverage, they might become a barometer of public opinion, but they lose journalistic credibility.


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