The original headline: “Biden, Still Grieving His Son, Finds That Not Everyone Wants to Hear About It,” prompted a backlash on Gorjeo from Biden supporters.
“OMG what is wrong with the New York Times,” one person wrote. “They are truly f—ing terrible. There is no right way for people to manage their grief.”
“That paper is broken. Fire everyone,” a third criticized.
“He helps me through my son’s loss when he speaks about Beau,” another tweeted. “He brings my son Michael into the conversation too and I appreciate the recognition of our grief. The New York Times is losing more of its decency every time they do these cheap shots.”
Another rewrote the headline as a joke: “Biden, Still Grieving the death of his son Beau, Finds that the New York Times’ headlines are Onion-proof and the @nytimes itself has become a litterbox liner.”
Much of the substance of the article focused on the Gold Star families who met with Biden at Dover Air Force Base, some blaming him for the deadly bombing that occurred during the U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, others saying he appeared “distant” or focused more on Beau’s 2015 death from brain cancer than their loved one’s loss in the attack.