New York Times's Editorial Board Discusses Whether To Run With 'God Is Dead'
By Karl McRobotface
WASHINGTON—In an effort to expand their coverage of high-profile national and international events, the New York Times editorial board debated Thursday whether to run with the headline, “God Is Dead” in their entirety. “Let’s play devil’s advocate here—Let’s try to slip the word ‘God’ into the headline,” said Times executive editor Dean Baquet, who pointed to other news organizations that have used the phrase in headlines such as “Actual God’ and “God Dies” to provide context for non-specific stories. “Sure, it’ll be more convenient to use the word ‘God’ in the story, but let’s do it with the context of ‘God’ in the world. That way, it’ll be clear what we are talking about, which in turn will help us sell the piece.” At press time, the Times had decided against running with the headline, stating that it would be better if readers looked it up and looked it up, rather than reading it.