The New York Times changed a sub-headline on Wednesday that described Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump as “well-to-do refugees” looking for a new home.
The original headline read, “The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well-t0-do refugees — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.”
Following complaints, however, the Times removed the term “well-to-do refugees” and replaced it with “looking for a new home.”
— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) November 25, 2020
Some social media users had complained about the newspaper using the word “refugee” to refer to Kushner and Trump.
I have a lots of thoughts about this story but using the word “refugee” in the dek when they were part of an administration that all but criminalized being a refugee… is a choice. https://t.co/qIcNic7bVc
— Kendra “Gloom is My Beat” Pierre-Louis (@KendraWrites) November 24, 2020
“This subhed refers to Mr Kushner & Ms Trump as ‘well-to-do refugees.’ That is obscene; and absurdly callous with 100m+ actual displaced and refugees the world over,” protested PBS NewsHour foreign editor Morgan Till. “It’s a carelessly revolting appellation, and makes me very mad.”
This subhed refers to Mr Kushner & Ms Trump as “well-to-do refugees.” That is obscene; and absurdly callous with 100m+ actual displaced and refugees the world over. It’s a carelessly revolting appellation, and makes me very mad.
— Morgan Till (@mtill50) November 24, 2020
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 25, 2020
Indeed, if the Trump family thought of themselves as refugees, they would presumably conclude that they should be turned away.
— Matthew Segal (@segalmr) November 25, 2020
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