Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Record's Page 1 story downplays Trump role in growing anti-Semitism

This cartoon from Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune apparently refers to President Trump warning North Korea that an armada was sailing toward the rogue nation, but it turned out U.S. warships were moving in the opposite direction -- toward Australia.
In this February cartoon, Jeff Darcy of The Plain Dealer notes Trump denounced anti-Semitism -- after another wave of bomb threats at Jewish centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries -- but only after daughter Ivanka tweeted about "religious tolerance" and protecting "our houses of worship & religious centers."

Plus: What happened
 to the 'By' in bylines?

-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

President Trump is flanked by strategist Steve Bannon, who has been accused of embracing the alt-right, a loose network of white nationalists and anti-Semites, and a globe-trotting Orthodox Jewish son-in-law who has assumed a major role in the administration.

Seven days after he was inaugurated in January, Trump was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for failing to mention in a statement he issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews -- not just "innocent people."

During a 2016 presidential campaign filled with hate speech from Trump, his supporters attacked Jewish reporters covering rallies, and at least one received a death threat. 

Trump missing

Now, a Page 1 story in The Record on a spike in anti-Semitic "intimidation and vandalism" in New Jersey and the nation in 2016 doesn't mention Trump until deep into the continuation of the story on 6A:

"The [Anti-Defamation League] report linked 34 cases last year to the presidential race, including graffiti found in Denver last May that said, 'Kill the Jews, vote Trump,'" The Associated Press reported.

"ADL Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblat was among the most vocal Jewish leaders pressing Donald Trump, as a candidate and president, to do more to combat anti-Semitism," the story says.

Bye-bye to 'By'

I've just noticed how Gannett dropped the "By" in reporters' bylines when the print edition was redesigned in mid-November.

A story on Nov. 15, 2016, would carry this byline: "By HANNAN ADELY, STAFF WRITER."

After the unannounced Nov. 16 redesign, only "HANNAN ADELY, STAFF WRITER," plus her Twitter handle, appeared, as in her story on today's front page.

The other day, her byline lost the "H" and only "ANNAN ADELY" appeared.