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'For a Tone-Deaf Leadership': Twitter Lauds NYT for Tribute to 1,000 Covid-19 Victims

NEw York Times' front page today had no photos, no stories, just names and one line descriptions of 1,000 people who had lost their lives to coronavirus in the US | Image credit: Twitter

NEw York Times' front page today had no photos, no stories, just names and one line descriptions of 1,000 people who had lost their lives to coronavirus in the US | Image credit: Twitter

NYT national editor Marc Lacey said the unusual front page was meant to be a record to 'look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we're living through'.

As the United States approached 1,00,000 coronavirus deaths, The New York Times on Sunday marked the grim milestone with a stark memorial on its front page — one-line obituaries for 1,000 victims.

"The 1,000 people here reflect just one percent of the toll. None were mere numbers," the newspaper said in a short introduction on the front page, which was entirely covered in text.

The United States has been the hardest-hit country in the coronavirus pandemic by far, in deaths and number of infections.

Victims featured by the Times included "Joe Diffie, 62, Nashville, Grammy-winning country music star," and "Lila A. Fenwick, 87, New York City, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School."

Also: "Myles Coker, 69, New York City, freed from life in prison," "Ruth Skapinok, 85, Roseville, Calif., backyard birds were known to eat from her hand," and "Jordan Driver Haynes, 27, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, generous young man with a delightful grin."

Marc Lacey, the paper's national editor, said, "I wanted something that people would look back on in 100 years to understand the toll of what we're living through."

The headline made headlines with the front page going viral on social media within minutes of its release. Many deemed it as the perfect response of media to a tone-deaf leadership and a telling sign of the compellingly tough and unprecedented crisis that Americans are currently facing.

The front-page in the American paper also made an impact on netizens from India, many of whom questioned if such coverage was possible by Indian media companies.

The milestone of 1,00,000 deaths loomed as U.S. states across the country ease lockdown measures.

President Donald Trump, with an eye on his re-election prospects in November, has pressed for a further reopening of the country as job losses mount and the economy slows from coronavirus shutdowns.

(With inputs from AFP)


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