Not all headlines are equal: How world media covered Trump’s terrorists and the failed insurrection

Not all headlines are equal: How world media covered Trump’s terrorists and the failed insurrection

For the first time since 1812, the U.S. Capitol was taken Wednesday, not by military officials but by domestic terrorists who wreaked havoc in the name of the infamous Donald Trump. With guns and tear gas, police officials evacuated lawmakers and spent more than three hours attempting to clear the Capitol building of Trump’s allies. Media outlets across the globe joined U.S. news outlets in reporting the violent and shocking sights seen in Washington, D.C. While some called it an attack on democracy, others noted the clear influence Trump had over these violent terrorists.

Images of the violence were shared worldwide, with world leaders not only condemning the actions of Trump supporters but Trump himself for enabling it. But each outlet’s article focusing on Wednesday’s disgraceful series of events framed them with a different headline.

Let’s take a look at the different headlines found not only in the U.S. but globally that covered Wednesday’s horror.

From the U.S.

The front page of The New York Times for Jan. 7, 2021 (late edition). pic.twitter.com/enmoNs55vm

— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 7, 2021

“Trump mob storms Capitol” – historic front page from the Washington Post pic.twitter.com/l0MlQjQcyS

— Nick Bryant (@NickBryantNY) January 7, 2021

Today’s cover: Pro-Trump rioters storm US Capitol https://t.co/QzcFm13vsu pic.twitter.com/PYGuWnp25i

— New York Post (@nypost) January 7, 2021

President Trump incited a violent insurrection. He can’t be allowed to remain in power another day https://t.co/H4t0tSBHug

— New York Magazine (@NYMag) January 7, 2021

Inside the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. “This is the most dismal day for democracy probably since the Civil War.” https://t.co/HgvSTd9VrI

— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 7, 2021

#BREAKING: Congress evacuated as protesters storm Capitol; tear gas used: https://t.co/dQ6C206yuv pic.twitter.com/bDK5vMUKWW

— AJC (@ajc) January 6, 2021

Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt. From the @kcstar Editorial Board https://t.co/oOOGHVckwe

— Colleen Nelson (@ColleenMNelson) January 7, 2021

Of course we can’t forget tone-deaf Fox News, which called the violence “protests.” Let’s call it what it was: terrorism. These people weren’t protesters, they were terrorists.

What we saw yesterday were not “DC PROTESTS,” @FoxFriendsFirst — it was a RIOT. https://t.co/HaGgoxES3I pic.twitter.com/Wu7RjDE8AZ

— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) January 7, 2021

Tomorrow’s @freep front page. pic.twitter.com/By1l1NyPVZ

— Detroit Free Press (@freep) January 7, 2021

Here’s an early look at tomorrow’s @sfchronicle front page: pic.twitter.com/VStopJ4Naj

— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 7, 2021

On today’s #frontpage: –Violence follows Trump refusal to give up power: Chaos erupted in the U.S. Capitol as the president’s supporters stormed the halls of Congress to disrupt a largely symbolic proceeding. –’Colossal failure’: How did law enforcement allow this to happen? pic.twitter.com/jItLMHlUzn

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 7, 2021

The Sentinel in Colorado also had an interesting headline: “Protesters backing Trump roll into capital to cheer him on.”

In Europe

Tomorrow’s Telegraph front page: ‘Democracy under siege’#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/M8NMpaJYUb

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 6, 2021

EXPRESS: Vaccine: The big push starts today #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/gKz0uJQnRu

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 6, 2021

GUARDIAN: Chaos as pro Trump mob storms US Capitol #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/QgIjOPRmbz

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 6, 2021

MAIL: At last! A turbo booster for jabs #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/0wmWgbSuni

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 6, 2021

THE TIMES: US Capitol under siege #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/oSSRvTkJYl

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 6, 2021

Newspaper front pages from Germany. 

Many Indian newspapers and outlets had a completely different narrative, noting that an Indian flag was seen at the riots. This didn’t come as a shock as many Indian mainstream outlets actually support Trump due to his ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“‘Not a cricket match’: Celebs decry use of Indian flag at US Capitol protests,” a headline from The Hindustani Times read. 

A less biased outlet, Times of India, read: “Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress”
 

The cover of China Daily. So much for the US taking a tough stand on Hong Kong, and China’s other transgressions. America’s global standing has taken a massive hit, due to its President. pic.twitter.com/ZIBfc7YtXi

— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) January 7, 2021

The international news outlet Al Jazeera, established in Qatar, shared coverage on Twitter. Al Jazeera’s stories not only noted the history of violence Trump supporters have perpetuated, but the reactions of those facing it.

How security failures enabled Trump mob to storm US Capitol – despite glaring warning signs https://t.co/cuNbcIW9Zv pic.twitter.com/1m8Kf4GLoV

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 7, 2021

Headlines are just as important as news coverage itself. They not only determine how many people are potentially interested in reading an article, they also frame the narrative of a story. Headlines have the ability to influence what aspect of a piece people will pay attention to the most, and they often change the way people read or remember an article. They draw attention to specific facts or details, create a shift in perception, and often can be misleading in how they phrase information.

The example I always think back to is one outlet highlighting an undocumented student’s achievement in receiving a scholarship from a local organization, and then the same news being shared by a conservative outlet, which framed the headline around illegal students taking away opportunities from Americans. These different ways of framing an article not only appeal to different audiences, but also spread misinformation and subconsciously may even influence an individual’s thoughts on the issue. This is why accuracy in headlines is important.

As MSNBC correspondent Ali Velshi noted: “Any journalist who sugar coats their language or normalizes what has happened today isn’t doing their job. Our job is to bear witness & tell the truth: Trump is attempting a coup, and inciting violence.”


From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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