The New York Times’ first front-page editorial since 1920 sparked a lot of reaction as both presidential candidates and conservative media fired back at the paper’s call for accelerated action on gun control.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s shown a penchant for ripping liberal media throughout his presidential campaign, panned the Times.
“The New York Times editorial…it ought to be in the dictionary under ‘O,’ for ‘out of touch,'” he said at an event in Iowa Saturday.
James Crugnale, editorial board member of The Wall Street Journal, poured cold water on the Times’ front-page editorial being memorable.
“The New York Times today published the newspaper’s opinion on the front page. The last time it did that was yesterday,” he tweeted.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York argued that the Times’ priorities are out of whack.
“Amazing that on day CA killings shown to be terrorism, NYT decides moment is right to make huge, front-page push for gun confiscation.”
The National Review’s Charles Cooke took on the paper for deciding against front-page editorials for other tragedies.
Things the NYT didn’t editorialize about on the front page: – 9/11 – Pearl Harbor – Depression – Civil Rights Act – Watergate – Hiroshima
– Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 5, 2015
Even former CNN host and gun-control enthusiast Piers Morgan critiqued the paper: “What took them so damn long?” he tweeted. Other more conservative-leaning Twitters users also criticized the Times.
The New York Times today published the newspaper’s opinion on the front page. The last time it did that was yesterday. — James Taranto (@jamestaranto) December 5, 2015
It’s official. The #Newyorktimes is an advocacy organization. Front pg story states we must regulate our 2nd amendment rights! Uh, NO!!
– Greg (@gregsdaone) December 5, 2015
#NewYorkTimes 4 tomorrow’s cover u can discuss who should win The Voice. I have a wife for annoying opinions. Just print the news asswipes!
– steve (@NeonStevon) December 5, 2015
#NewYorkTimes front page is nothing but editorials. Just an agency of the Obama Administration. Dept of Mistruth.
– Kicking Bison (@KickingBison) December 5, 2015
But many praised the paper for being the voice of reason.
– W.D. Steeves (@wdsteeves) December 5, 2015
I love this so much, the New York Times knows what’s up https://t.co/WkPF1oVnDz
– Dylan (@bryandylann) December 5, 2015