An early look at the New York Times print edition for Sunday, which marks the coming of a major death toll milestone for the coronavirus, went viral on Saturday.
The front page, which bears a top headline that reads: “U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss,” is covered underneath by a list of COVID-19 patients who died during the pandemic.
“They Were Not Simply Names on a List. They Were Us,” the sub-headline says.
“Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America, whether it is the number of patients treated, jobs interrupted or lives cut short. As the country nears a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths attributed to the virus, The New York Times scoured obituaries and death notices of those who died. The 1,000 names here reflect just 1 percent of the toll. None were mere numbers,” says the deck below.
Within an hour, the tweet sharing the image had more than 31,000 retweets and 43,7000 “likes.”
People ranging from media figures to politicians shared the tweet.
The death toll associated with the virus, as counted by the New York Times, was 96,610, or one in 3,386 as of Saturday evening. There have been more than 1,620,300 cases.
The U.S. has the most confirmed cases of any country around the world by far, though other nations, such as China, where the outbreak originated, have been accused of downplaying their numbers.
The front page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Mp4figjnQe
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 23, 2020
While some people simply shared the tweet or called it “staggering” or “heartbreaking,” others made a political statement.
“Trump and his Republicans don’t give a rat’s ass,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a liberal blog.
“Or ‘The legacy of Donald Trump,’” tweeted Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State.
Others criticized Trump for spending part of the day golfing at his club in Virginia.
The president was active on Twitter in the evening, tweeting barbs at Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, retweeting some supporters, and declaring in all capital letters: “TRANSITION TO GREATNESS!”
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