On May 24, 2020, The New York Times (NYT) in its Sunday front page, published a list of 1,000 names, who died due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the US soil, with a grim headline of, “U.S. DEATHS NEAR 100,000, AN INCALCULABLE LOSS.” Further, the newspaper in its sub-heading said that, “They were not simply names on a list. They were us.”
Also, the NYT in its short introduction on the front page said that “the 1,000 people here reflect just 1% of the toll. None were mere numbers.” which was completely covered in just text. It dedicated 3 pages to the victims of the pandemic.
As of May 24, 2020, at 1: 22 PM IST from the Johns Hopkins University‘s database, the death toll in the US had already reached 97,087, infecting 1,622,670.
In highlighting the grim US death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic, it signalled a powerful message to the general public across the world and to the White House, where President Trump desperately wants to open the world’s powerful capitalist country.
TRANSITION TO GREATNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2020
This project publication was headed by Simone Landon and her associates in the NYT. The information of the deceased had been taken from nearly 1, 00,000 obituaries around the US, with a simple list of names and personal details.
This is jarring — and a heartbreaking reminder that the death toll we see in the news is so much more than just a statistic. Every single one marks a future cut short and a family and community that will never be the same. @DrBiden and I are keeping them all in our hearts. https://t.co/4yJzsRdB6l
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 24, 2020
“They were not simply names on a list. They were us.” https://t.co/8x7enjpi4B
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 23, 2020
Interestingly, one of the Twitter users from India, referring to the NYT Sunday front-page, commented: “Meanwhile can Indian media finally look at the humans beyond ‘17 migrants killed’ etc. Human stories capture human imagination and propel us to feel and act much more than numbers – which we become numb to after a while.”