After revealing that Sunday’s New York Times would not feature an image on the front page, but would instead list the names of COVID-19 fatalities, the newspaper was praised online.
“U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss,” the headline read above six columns of names.
“They were not simply names on a list. They were us,” reads the subhead.
“Numbers alone cannot possibly measure the impact of the coronavirus on America, whether it is the number of patients treated, jobs interrupted or lives cut short. As the country nears a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths attributed to the virus, The New York Times scoured obituaries and death notices of the victims. The 1,000 people here reflect just 1 percent of the toll,” the paper explained. “None were mere numbers.”
Here’s some of what people were saying about the front page:
Jaw-dropping, horrific. https://t.co/2AWWMrRPVA
— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@MSignorile) May 23, 2020
— Brooke Jarvis (@brookejarvis) May 23, 2020
This is astonishing. Read closely; It’s not just their names, it’s a one line biography of each and every person. https://t.co/eFDRIyew5f
— Rachel Parris (@rachelparris) May 23, 2020
— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) May 23, 2020
“None were mere numbers.” https://t.co/aXAzCQnnFN
— Michael Luo (@michaelluo) May 23, 2020
Tomorrow's front page reminds me how powerful the Gray Lady can be. https://t.co/2MBupcxRN2
— Nikita Stewart (@kitastew) May 23, 2020
A terrible milestone
Every name a family devastated. A friend lost. A community and a country that will never be the same.
This Memorial Day our nation mourns a preventable, catastrophic loss of life. A potent reminder that competent leadership matters. https://t.co/C50TD5UGsF
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) May 23, 2020
Hard to catch my breath. https://t.co/CyXfXrmuCx
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 23, 2020
The toll is incomprehensible. https://t.co/wtEo4sClHN
— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) May 23, 2020
We know the losses are shocking and heartbreaking – but this is a visceral gut punch. https://t.co/l1KQ8nZYZD
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) May 23, 2020
Donald Trump said on February 26 that cases would go down from 15 to almost zero. https://t.co/fMGdVnFjnO
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) May 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the President golfs. https://t.co/He5X8hIAw0
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 23, 2020
I don’t know how to metabolize this kind of grief. https://t.co/puKpc9YYNO
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) May 23, 2020
“Romi Cohn, 91, New York City, saved 56 Jewish families from the Gestapo” https://t.co/r2Nugxdcqd
— Brett Murphy (@BrettMmurphy) May 23, 2020