Thursday’s cover of The Washington Post Express sparked some scathing backlash for what it included — and what it didn’t.
“We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed,” the free daily publication tweeted Thursday after a major flub on its cover about the Women’s March on Washington.
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A tweet from the tabloid’s account set off a flurry of criticism by featuring the cover with a story about the Jan. 21 women’s rally, but mistakenly used the male gender symbol, .
We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed. We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol.
— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
is this some kind of record for largest typo pic.twitter.com/kOZ9UIp0Ig
— Sam Thielman (@samthielman) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress You had a 50/50 shot. #deleteyouraccount
— Aaron Henager (@AaronHenager1) January 5, 2017
One person could make such mistake. A -team- doing so is harder to fathom. Who works there?@WaPoExpress https://t.co/DwtmtBrCN1
— O.T. Ford (@ot_ford) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress Don’t be too hard on yourselves – nobody has changed their opinion of you. Leftists still respect you, sane people still don’t.
— 8αƚ80ყ (@JohnMPowersII) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress It’s ok, it identifies as a female symbol…..
— Deplorable Mikey (@mnmonger) January 5, 2017
It is OK, it is the standard we expect from a news organization that has made many mistakes in the past month.
— Rathdranalon (@Daicheal) January 5, 2017
The Express later tweeted out a corrected version of the cover, apologizing for the mistake.
This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake. pic.twitter.com/MKKOkHPV8T
— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
@monicalmercado @WaPoExpress smh…
— melanie (@melanienewport) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress ladies and gentlemen, the American media apparatus
— rhiannon ellington (@eulaliae_) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress So how many people over there saw this before you tweeted and FB’ed it? I’m trying to know how hard to laugh. pic.twitter.com/NuK1IdvNar
— SatansLittleHelpr ? (@StnsLttlHlpr) January 5, 2017
And while Twitter users had a meltdown over the gaffe, Michael Flynn Jr. had a different perspective on newspaper covers and headlines for the day. He specifically mentions the Washington Post among others.
Not one mention of #BLMKidnapping on front page @nytimes @washingtonpost @USATODAY @WSJ @politico Surprised? I’m not… pic.twitter.com/9P868rIGW5
— Michael Flynn Jr?? (@mflynnJR) January 5, 2017
@mflynnJR @nytimes @washingtonpost @USATODAY @WSJ @politico Color me not surprised. Not one bit.
— George McIntyre (@GeorgeMcIntyre_) January 5, 2017
Flynn, whose father is Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, was referring to the report Thursday of four black people allegedly kidnapping and torturing a mentally challenged white man while live-streaming video.
Many social media users felt the mainstream media did not sufficiently cover the story until they were pressured to by a grassroots push.
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