The New York Post made a big call Friday morning with its front page declaring that Thursday night's sniper-style shootings of several Dallas police officers was a "Civil War." The standoff continued into Friday morning as the police pinned down a resistant lone gunman in the heart of the city. Five police officers have died so far out of 11 who were shot.
The situation is messy, chaotic, fluid, and unresolved. Authorities still don't know the full toll or how many people were involved in the sniper plot.
Yet the Post delivered this instant verdict:
(New York Post)
The front page produced a largely negative reaction from Twitter users:
That night none of us could sleep because the world was burning and the @nypost decided to pour gasoline on the flames.— Melissa Hawks (@MelissaBHawks) 8 July 2016
.@nypost This is insanely irresponsible. Nothing has been confirmed; the stand-off is still ongoing. Please change this cover by tomorrow— Jamie Pastore (@jamiepastore) 8 July 2016
Twitter users responding directly to the Post's tweet of its front page were almost universal in their condemnation of the headline.
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