As President Donald Trump enjoyed a round of golf on Saturday, The New York Times shared a preview of their Sunday front page honoring the nearly 100,000 Americans who have died from the novel coronavirus.
“Instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page of The New York Times, on Sunday, there is just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic,” The New York Times wrote.
“As the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States approaches 100,000, a number expected to be reached in the coming days, editors at The Times have been planning how to mark the grim milestone,” the newspaper said.
The front page of The New York Times for May 24, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Mp4figjnQe
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The banner headline reads, “U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss.”
“They were not simply names on a list. They were us,” the subhead reads.
Simone Landon, assistant editor of the Graphics desk, wanted to represent the number in a way that conveyed both the vastness and the variety of lives lost.
Landon and her colleagues realized that “both among ourselves and perhaps in the general reading public, there’s a little bit of a fatigue with the data.”
“We knew we were approaching this milestone,” she added. “We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.”
Putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a page “doesn’t really tell you very much about who these people were, the lives that they lived, what it means for us as a country.”
Today your president celebrated 100,000 dead Americans by playing golf. pic.twitter.com/mVXyHLXagI
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