Controversial cover: NY Daily News Cover

Published: December 4, 2015

Controversial cover: NY Daily News Cover, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has reimagined today’s cover of the New York Daily News – which sent waves through social media Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday. But his wording has some Twitter users scratching their heads.

In response to the San Bernardino shooting Wednesday that left 14 dead, the New York Daily News printed a front page featuring screenshots of tweets sent by top Republicans offering prayers to the victims. With a bold headline, the tabloid wrote: “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS.” Patrick, who said he was “disgusted” by the cover, released his own cover Thursday afternoon that said “GOD S-EX-ARS OUR PRAYERS.”

Patrick’s headline ran beneath a banner that said: “14 DEAD IN CALIFORNIA MASS SHOOTING.”

“I’m disgusted by this morning’s New York Daily News cover, which discounts the power of prayer and pushes a political agenda in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings,” Patrick wrote on Facebook. “I would like to reiterate my invitation to pray for the victims and their families during these dark times.”

After some mocked Patrick on Twitter for a potential misleading headline, Patrick deleted the post and said he was “disappointed” by people “who suggested a different meaning to our post on the tragedy yesterday in California.”

“God Hears Our Prayers means we can be reassured that God is always present to hear us as we struggle through the most difficult times in our lives and as we seek him out for peace, comfort and understanding,” Patrick wrote.

Many had found Patrick’s wording to be a little bit off.

“14 dead because God hears his prayers?” One Twitter user wrote. “Not sure Dan thought this headline through…”

Another wrote: “I’m…not sure this conveys the sentiment you meant it to convey?”

Not sure Danny boy here has thought this through.

– Scott A. W. Brown (@Scott_AW_Brown) December 3, 2015

Still, some hailed the reimagined cover.

“I am so proud that I live in Texas and we have christian leaders here in the state of Texas that are not afraid to say what they believe in,” one Facebook user wrote. “I do believe in prayers.”

Patrick has made social media snafus in this past. The strict conservative who is known for his strong stance against same-sex marriage once accidentally tweeted “MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN.” That tweet was almost immediately taken down.


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