Twitter users panned the original five-column headline:
By the time the evening was over, the newspaper had given its front page a major makeover, replacing the “call for bipartisanship” of what many called a highly-partisan and even extremist speech with a quote from the address instead.
Ironically, that line was first delivered by Hillary Clinton in 2010:
While it’s not unusual for newspapers to undergo changes between editions, it’s unclear what role the more than 3,000 comments on Twitter ― mostly negative ― played in this case.
The newspaper later released a statement saying those changes were in fact due to newsroom discussions and not the social media outcry.
Executive editor Martin Baron said the early headline was for an edition with a 9:15 pm ET deadline, just as Trump was starting his speech.
“As the speech was being delivered and observed, editors quickly concluded that a different headline would better reflect the full speech,” he said, adding:
“Like most newspapers, The Post often rethinks, refines and rewrites headlines from one edition to the next based on its own internal discussions about what best captures the nature of a story. Headline changes last night were based exclusively on our customary internal conversations.”
Here is some of the reaction to both the initial headline and the later version:
Are you insane? He equated immigrants with Ms-13 and want to stop family reunification . No way. That's as divisive as it comes.
— Arriadna (@Arriadna) January 31, 2018
— She persisted (@CaseyHinds) January 31, 2018
it would be nice if
a) you didn't need to be scolded into fixing a ridiculous headline
b) you actually fixed it
— Avi (@AviAhvee) January 31, 2018
Congrats on a headline you absolutely, positively won't regret tomorrow.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 31, 2018
Twelve editions from now, you'll have it absolutely nailed.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 31, 2018
You do realize that line, the "new Anerican moment" line, was lifted from a Hillary Clinton speech in 2010. It was a very Melania moment indeed.
— mikey_shriver (@mikey_shriver) January 31, 2018
I guess WTF was too pithy?
— Bronco Bama (@BronckoBamma) January 31, 2018
why is it not obvious to you that this is also bad?
— Eric Armstrong (@_ericarmstrong) January 31, 2018
— Cari Dick (@CariDick) January 31, 2018
— Nia Spencer (@niaaspencer) January 31, 2018
— The Doctor: CALL UR SENATORS: 202-224-3121 (@TheTenth2017) January 31, 2018
Personally I would have gone with "Well He Didn't Poop Himself"
— RuPaul Ryan (@itsrupaulryan) January 31, 2018
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a statement from the Washington Post.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.