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01/31/2018 05:01 am ET Updated Jan 31, 2018

Internet Burns Washington Post Over Its Front Page On Trump's Speech

People are not happy at all.

The Washington Post’s first edition headline covering President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address didn’t go over well on social media.

Twitter users panned the original five-column headline:

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By the time the evening was over, the newspaper had given its front page a major makeover, replacing the “call for bipartisanship” of what many called a highly-partisan and even extremist speech with a quote from the address instead.

Ironically, that line was first delivered by Hillary Clinton in 2010

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While it’s not unusual for newspapers to undergo changes between editions, it’s unclear what role the more than 3,000 comments on Twitter ― mostly negative ― played in this case. 

The newspaper later released a statement saying those changes were in fact due to newsroom discussions and not the social media outcry. 

Executive editor Martin Baron said the early headline was for an edition with a 9:15 pm ET deadline, just as Trump was starting his speech. 

“As the speech was being delivered and observed, editors quickly concluded that a different headline would better reflect the full speech,” he said, adding:  

“Like most newspapers, The Post often rethinks, refines and rewrites headlines from one edition to the next based on its own internal discussions about what best captures the nature of a story. Headline changes last night were based exclusively on our customary internal conversations.”

Here is some of the reaction to both the initial headline and the later version:  

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a statement from the Washington Post. 

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