Thursday, January 7, 2021

Capitol Rioting Generates Front Page Headlines

Wednesday’s unprecedented violence at the Capitol, encouraged by the president who told supporters to rally there, has widely been described by commentators as President Donald Trump’s legacy. 

At least four White House officials have resigned, while Cabinet members are now reportedly considering removing Trump from the presidency in his final days, using the 25th Amendment. 

The outgoing president’s attempts to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory—a usually unremarkable procedure—ended on Wednesday in hundreds of his supporters storming the building, with at least four dead and 52 arrested, a 12-hour curfew being ordered across D.C. and a delayed certification that resumed on the Senate floor in the early hours of Thursday. 

Congress eventually certified Biden’s victory on Thursday at 3:41 a.m. EST.

Wednesday afternoon as Trump extremists battled police and forced their way into the Capitol building, editors at newsrooms including The Washington Post, NPR and the Philadelphia Inquirer directed reporters to abandon the use of the word “protesters.” Instead, reporters were told to use the words “insurrectionists” and “mob” to describe those taking over the Capitol. Gannett reportedly issued guidance to reporters to use “rioters” and “pro-Trump mob.”

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