NYT Editor Admits Paper Pitched Op-Ed To Tom Cotton!

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jun 05, 2020 - 05:22 PM

Update (1720ET): During an internal Town Hall meeting at the New York Times, opinion editor James Bennett issued a mea culpa, telling staffers that he let his section be "stampeded by the news cycle," according to the Daily Beast.

Most interestingly, however, Bennett admitted that Cotton had been invited to write the opinion piece!

When asked about the senator’s claim that the Times approached him to write the op-ed, Bennet admitted that the opinion page had seen Cotton’s tweets on the subject and “we did ask if he could stand up that argument. I’m not sure we suggested that topic to him but we did invite the piece.” -Daily Beast

As National Review noted on Friday:

There was “haggling,” the Cotton staffer says, “over what the angle and point of the piece ought to be.”

This negotiation took place with an editor who the Cotton team assumed was working with his superiors on his end.

After several rounds of back of forth Monday and into Tuesday, Senator Cotton accepted the Times-approved topic. Then, the drafting process began, with the senator finishing the final version late on Tuesday. Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Cotton’s office delivered the piece to the Times.

There were at least three drafts back and forth. The Times would send along edits for approval, and the Cotton team would sign off, and then there would be another round. -National Review

Perhaps the Times needs to send out a company-wide internal poll for woke mob approvals before sparking another mass-triggering.

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Update (1155ET): It appears that the woke thought police have won the civil war at the New York Times, after the paper's Chairman, A.G. Sulzberger, told the newsroom that the Tom Cotton Op-Ed was "contemptuous," adding "This piece should not have been published."

Sulzberger, 39, is the son of Arthur Ochs Sulzburger Jr., the chairman of the New York Times company. He took over as the publisher for the Times on January 1, 2018.

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Update (2003ET): A 'child mob' is in charge of the New York Times according to Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK), who appeared on Fox News to discuss the paper's internal civil war in which young, 'woke' staff are revolting over Cotton's Op-Ed calling for the military to support US police forces during civil unrest, while older NYT staff argue that divergent opinions from their own deserve a platform.

"My Op-Ed doesn't meet the New York Times' standards," said Cotton. "It far exceeds their standards, which are normally full of left-wing, sophomoric drivel," he added.

Cotton then slammed the paper's editor and publisher for flip-flopping on their decision to stand behind publishing Cotton's commentary, only to fold like a cheap suit "in the face of the woke mob of woke kids that are in their newsroom."

"The New York Times has run editorials from Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan, by the Taliban - no problem there. But run one editorial from Tom Cotton on a position that's supported by 58% of the American people - that we have a duty to protect our citizens' lives and livelihoods, well, 'we're gonna have to review our processes and we're gonna cut the number of Op-Eds that we run,' said Cotton.

"A child mob truly is in charge at the New York Times tonight."

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While the New York Times self-immolates over the Tom Cotton Op-Ed - which they now say "did not meet its standards due to a rushed editorial process," a new Morning Consult poll shows that 58% of voters - including 48% of Democrats, say they support the use of US troops to supplement city cops amid the protests.

Clearly the Times is far too woke for their own good.

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A long-simmering culture war at the New York Times, once the undisputed national paper of record, has burst into public view on Thursday as a group of young "woke" staffers at the paper denounced the opinion section's decision to publish a column penned by GOP Sen. Tom Cotton urging President Trump to call in the military to restore order in cities across the US where violence and looting have broken out.

By now, more police officers have been killed since George Floyd's murder after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, cutting off circulation. An autopsy report blamed the officer's decision to pin Floyd to the ground by his throat as the cause of death. The office is now facing second degree murder and manslaughter charges. But leftists continue to insist that all opposition to the looting in violence is a fascist dog whistle. Whether you think Cotton is an incorrigible fascist, or you agree with his position, the notion that a small but vocal minority of the body politic is pushing for the active suppression of political speech.

In a twitter thread, NYT columnist Bari Weiss - who has frequently attracted the ire of the "woke"/DSA/Bernie Bro faction, which hates "neoliberals" just as much as it hates "conservatives" (aka fascists, since everybody who isn't a "democratic" socialist is a fascist, in their view) - explains the division between the younger "woke" reporters/staffers, and the older liberals, with executive editor Dean Baquet, the paper's first black executive editor, caught in the middle.

Of course, many of the NYT reporters and staffers who denounced the op-ed also denounced their colleague's take. One reporter even said the very decision to print the op-ed put the paper's black reporters "in danger".

In a post weighing in on the debate, the Columbia Journalism Review argued that Cotton's views shouldn't have been published because it was "built on lies". However, the sections of the paper that it described as lies weren't lies at all, but descriptions of the chaos across the country, recounted with perhaps a touch of hyperbole. But leftists frequently test the bounds of what's believable, like when they accuse crime reporters of "spreading false narratives" when they report on black-on-black crime statistics.

The problem with this idea of the Times as an open forum for views of all stripes — no matter how abhorrent — is that by opening the door to all “operative opinion” (as a member of the Opinion section described it to me a couple of years ago), the Times becomes a platform for those who are hostile to its core values and at direct odds with the New York Times Company mission to “seek the truth and help people understand the world."

The core problem with Cotton’s column, it seems to me, isn’t that its arguments are painful or dangerous (though they are those things too). It’s that it’s built on lies. “This week, rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy, recalling the widespread violence of the 1960s,” it begins, before trotting out hyperbolic (and false) phrases like “the riots were a carnival for the thrill-seeking rich as well as other criminal elements,” “orgy of violence,” and “cadres of left-wing radicals like Antifa infiltrating protest marches."

Recent days have been marked by looting and violence. But the violence has sometimes been prompted by the police themselves, and the incidents getting the most attention have been isolated to a few commercial districts. The areas around the protests (to say nothing of the entirety of “American cities”) have been relatively calm and peaceful. As Davey Alba, a Times reporter who covers misinformation, pointed out on Twitter, the paper’s news side has already reported how promoting claims of unbridled urban unrest is part of the “untruths, conspiracy theories, and other false information…running rampant online” and being pushed by Trump and his allies.

Remember: These are the same people who forced their employers to describe riots as "protests" and looters as "demonstrators" leading to jarring headlines like "Violence and looting rage as George Floyd protests lead to clashes with cops in several states".

The notion that we can trust them to be arbiters of the truth as simply laughable.