The Boston Globe was torched on Twitter for a seemingly anti-Trump article that linked a highly anticipated eclipse of the sun with the regions in the United States occupied by Trump supporters.
The article’s headline read, “The path of viewing spots for this month’s solar eclipse cuts overwhelmingly through places that voted for Trump.”
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 1, 2017
“There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse,” writer Matt Rocheleau pointed out, “a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.”
“And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton,” he explained. Many on social media were astounded at why such incongruous topics should be forced to share a headline.
Makes you think… mostly that the Boston Globe has way too much time on its hands https://t.co/qyD7s6xGVV
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 1, 2017
But will @MittRomney be waterskiing during the eclipse?
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 1, 2017
There is literally nothing in the world that doesn’t immediately remind journalists of recent politics. https://t.co/niR66zgbp8
— Michael B Dougherty???? (@michaelbd) August 1, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: Urban centers, which vote largely Democrat, take up little square mileage, are not organized in a straight line https://t.co/Xf7wXya4a9
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) August 1, 2017
Solar eclipses are racist. https://t.co/3Tnurv3606
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 1, 2017
Remember kids, when you do journalism, it’s important to politicize literally everything, no matter how stupid. https://t.co/b0uMe68Rpy
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) August 1, 2017