NYTimes Stealth Edits ‘Dark Makeup’ Headline on Mark Herring Blackface Scandal

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring attends a news conference near the White House, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in Washington. Eight Democratic Attorneys Generals call for measures to combat gun violence, issues that they have hoped to be able to raise with President Donald Trump. They say they have yet to …
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The New York Times stealth edited its headline of its report on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitting to wearing blackface at a college party, switching its description of him dressing in “dark makeup” to wearing “blackface.”

In a statement Wednesday, Herring confirmed he donned brown makeup and a wig as part of his costume to resemble rapper Kurtis Blow while studying at the University of Virginia. The developing comes as two of Virginia’s top lawmakers — Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) face scandals of their own, throwing the state’s executive brand into further turmoil.

The outlet’s own posts promoting the story show the Times quickly changed its headline stating Herring had “dressed in dark makeup” to “Virginia Attorney General Says He Also Dressed in Blackface.” At the time of this writing, the text of the story does not disclose this update to readers.

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Political pundits and media critics slammed the Times’ term of choice:

“It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup,” Herring said of the scandal.

“That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then,” he added.

Herring was one of many high-profile Democrats to call on Northam to step aside after a 1984 yearbook photo surfaced of the governor and another individual wearing blackface and KKK attire.

Meanwhile, Fairfax is fighting back against allegations that he sexually assaulted an unidentified woman during the 2004 Democrat National Convention. Breitbart News has not reported details of the allegation because they have not been corroborated. In a statement Monday, Fairfax denied the allegation, claiming that he “has never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, shape or form.”


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