New York Daily News Just Upped Its Front Page Game—Again


The New York Daily News has been running one helluva campaign against guns on its front page lately. Last month, the (financially troubled) tabloid launched one of the boldest attacks on the National Rifle Association in recent memory with just three words: “NRA’s Sick Jihad.” The story inside accused the gun rights group of tacitly abetting terrorists by blocking a proposed bill that would make it more difficult for suspects to buy guns.

Then, last Wednesday, after 14 people were killed in an allegedly terror-inspired rampage in San Bernardino, California, the paper rebuked Republican politicians for supporting victims with their “thoughts and prayers” rather than taking meaningful action to curb access to guns. That front-page headline was four words: “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

Now comes this lesson in high sarcasm from the New York tabloid:

The NYDN isn’t the only New York paper using its cover in this way. For the first time since 1920, the New York Times ran an editorial on its front page on Saturday slamming politicians’ inaction on gun control measures.

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, detailing his efforts to destroy ISIS and tighten gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings.

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