Internal purge, diverse opinion not permitted.
Earlier this week, Stacey covered the New York Times op-ed “scandal” in which a prominent Republican senator published an op-ed about President Trump considering invocation of the Insurrection Act, a perfectly reasonable response to the wide-spread rioting, looting, arson, and murder our nation has endured for ten or more days.
So reasonable, in fact, that numerous presidents from progressive Woodrow Wilson to Democrats Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy to Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush have all mobilized the military to deal with unruly, dangerous mobs.
The fall-out Stacey details has now resulted in the resignation of the Times‘ editorial page editor.
James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, has resigned after a controversy over an Op-Ed by Senator Tom Cotton that called for military force against protesters in American cities https://t.co/Tt6PwmowZv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 7, 2020
The New York Times‘ tweet, of course, gets the whole point of Cotton’s piece entirely wrong.
This is false and offensive.
I called for using military force as a backup—only if police are overwhelmed—to stop riots, not to be used against protesters.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 7, 2020
The New York Times announced Sunday that Editorial Page Editor James Bennet is resigning — amid reports of anger inside the company over the publication of an op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton about the George Floyd unrest last week.
Bennet, the brother of 2020 White House candidate Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., had apologized late last week after previously defending the piece, titled, “Send in the Troops.” Cotton, R-Ark., called for the government to deploy troops as a last resort to help quell riots and looting that emerged amid the anger over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody last month.
The publication sparked a revolt among Times journalists, with some saying it endangered black employees. Some staff members called out sick Thursday in protest, and the Times later announced that a review found the piece did not meet its standards.
This resignation is so absurd that I really don’t know what they are thinking at the former gold standard of print journalism. The lunatics are running the asylum . . . right into the “woke” ground.
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