A NY Times headline on the 2020 election promoted by Trump Jr. was digitally altered: report
On July 30, the New York Times published an article by reporter Katie Benner about the 2020 election that is headlined "Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show." And according to a fact-check by Reuters, social media users have been "sharing a screenshot of" a fake headline, which the Times never published.
The fake headline in the screenshot, according to Reuters, reads, "Even If The Election Was Stolen, Recalling It Will Just Further Divide The Country." But no editor at the Times, according to Reuters, published anything with that headline.
Reuters explains, "Some users on Twitter pointed to the fact that the subheading does not match the supposed headline. It reads: 'Leave the rest to me' and to congressional allies, the former president is said to have told top law enforcement officials.'"
Reuters adds, "Searching this subheading brings up the original article on the New York Times website…. The authentic headline reads: 'Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show.'"
On August 2, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake tweeted:
This screenshot is floating around (now promoted by Trump Jr.) but appears fake.\n\n1. Wayback Machine shows consistent headline "Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show"\n2. Subhead doesn't follow from headline at all\n3. It's not an opinion piece https://twitter.com/md_patriot2/status/1421970230205501443\u00a0\u2026— Aaron Blake (@Aaron Blake) 1627917711
Times spokesman Jordan Cohen confirmed to Reuters, "The New York Times did not write or publish the headline in that screenshot."
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