The Washington Post quietly changed a headline that suggested Washington’s “aristocracy” had high hopes for Joe Biden’s presidency.
“Washington’s aristocracy hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again,” said the original headline of the story, which was first published on Monday at 6 a.m. Eastern. By mid-morning, the headline had changed to read,”Washington’s establishment hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again.”
The paper failed to include an update noting the change, but it was widely shared by users on social media after journalist Aaron Maté highlighted the contrasting headlines.
The Washington Post just published an article called: “Washington’s aristocracy hopes a Biden presidency will make schmoozing great again.”
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) November 23, 2020
The offending piece was authored by the paper’s Roxanne Roberts, who has written about the social climate in the nation’s capital for the paper since 1988. One reference to the city’s “aristocracy” managed to survive in the story’s text.
“The aristocracy of this city is ready to move on, daring to hope that the last four years was a fever that finally broke and life can get back to normal,” Roberts wrote. “Normal, as in a respect for experience and expertise. Normal, as in civility and bipartisan cooperation.”
She said the city’s elite were looking forward to the return of social events whose stature largely declined under President Donald Trump.
“Back to normal will mean more state dinners, a prestigious and glamorous way of reestablishing global ties,” Roberts added. “And it means that Washington events traditionally attended by the president and first lady for the better part of five decades — the Honors, the Alfalfa dinner, the Gridiron, Ford’s Theatre gala and the correspondents’ dinner — will likely return to their former glory.
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