The more conservative of the New York City tabloids is under fire this morning for its choice cover following the tragedy that unfolding late last night in Dallas.
In the aftermath of the coordinated massacre that left five officers dead and another seven wounded from sniper gunfire, the New York Post used its late city final edition cover to make the following declarative statement:
— New York Post (@nypost) July 8, 2016
“At least four cops were shot and killed and seven others wounded in Dallas last night as protests over the police slayings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota rocked cities nationwide, including New York,” reads the cover’s small print.
The reaction on social media was swift, with some decrying the sensationalized Post cover as race-baiting and editorially irresponsible.
@nypost pretty irresponsible headline.
— Christopher Ridley (@SFviaNJ) July 8, 2016
@nypost That seems like race baiting. No evidence protesters had anything to do with attacks on police
— Mama’s Got A Gun (@MamasGotAGun) July 8, 2016
— sean mannion (@AstoriaMannion) July 8, 2016
@nypost That’s some baiting if I have ever seen it.
— Shane Gallo (@OfficialShaneG) July 8, 2016
@nypost This is one of the most irresponsible headlines I have ever seen a news organization put out. This is fucking shameful.
— Charlie (@notcharchar) July 8, 2016
.@nypost This is insanely irresponsible. Nothing has been confirmed; the stand-off is still ongoing. Please change this cover by tomorrow
— Jamie Pastore (@jamiepastore) July 8, 2016
@nypost awful and totally irresponsible headline
— K Mitch (@snozztastic) July 8, 2016
The headline implies that a national civil war is now underway between the African American community and members of law enforcement following the dramatic week in headlines that saw the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of white police officers. Sterling was killed in a convenience store parking lot in Baton Rouge on Tuesday; the aftermath of Castile’s death was livestreamed to Facebook by his girlfriend after a routine traffic stop in Minnesota turned deadly.
The peaceful protests in the streets of Dallas were in direct response to the killings of these two men before gunfire erupted around 9 p.m. local time.
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