The New York Post has come under fire for a questionable headline related to its coverage of former President Barack Obama’s long list of Democratic endorsements.
“Obama Endorses Controversial Rapper Ahead of Midterms,” the headline reads.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 2, 2018
That “controversial rapper” is Antonio Delgado, who has pledged to fight for universal, affordable healthcare for all, a tax code that works for working people and the middle class, and to restore opportunity” for individuals “across the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Capital region,” according to his website.
The Post notes:
Delgado, who is challenging first-term GOP Rep. John Faso in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region, released an 18-song CD in 2006 titled “Painfully Free.”
In it, Delgado, a Schenectady native, spews the N-word, compares “dead” presidents to “white supremacists” and blasts the country’s two-party political system.
The Post‘s headline was immediately decried as racist. None of the other candidates on Obama’s list––which includes a host of women and people of color––have faced such scrutiny, or been subject to questionable headlines.
Several people pointed out that Delgado is a Rhodes scholar and graduate of Harvard Law School.
Alternative headline: Obama endorses Upstate native, Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law grad for NY-19 ahead of midterms https://t.co/VZ4eOk98mw
— Emma Lasch (@emmalasch) August 2, 2018
LMFAO!! Antonio Delgado, “the controversial rapper,” is a Rhodes scholar with a degree from Harvard Law School. https://t.co/9XWreBna6F
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 2, 2018
The headline should have read " Former President Barack Obama endorses Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado from New York State for congress" Simple, but they had to degrade him first! By the way Antonio Delgado is a graduate from Oxford University (UK) and Harvard University
— Sonji (Publicist) (@SonjiCarey) August 2, 2018
Another reminded readers that the Post endorsed President Donald Trump in 2016 despite his numerous scandals.
NewYork Post endorsed controversial bigot in 2016.
— LaborleftRicoP (@reesetheone1) August 2, 2018
Delgado himself has not commented on the Post‘s headline, but he did take the time to thank Obama for endorsing him.
Delgado said he is “Honored and truly humbled” by the endorsement, adding that Obama “stands for so many of the values that we hold as our foundation,” including “preserving and improving our democracy” and “a commitment to service.”
Honored and truly humbled to receive an endorsement from @BarackObama. He stands for so many of the values that we hold as our foundation – preserving and improving our democracy, a commitment to service, hard work, and the promotion of dignity and respect for everyone. https://t.co/n2i0xGrjKO
— Antonio Delgado (@DelgadoforNY19) August 1, 2018
Obama’s announcement included only his first round of Democratic endorsements. There will be more to come, particularly as we get closer to November’s midterm elections.