New York Times internal turmoil over Tom Cotton’s op-ed continues, only worse


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Liberals, to include many inside the newspaper, are up in arms over the New York Times allowing a Republican voice to be heard amid the din over the patently untrue media narrative about racially-driven police brutality — recent data simply does not support the politically driven claim.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote an op-ed run by the Times in support of President Donald Trump saying that if necessary, he will send in the U.S. military to quell the violent rioting seen from “peaceful protesters,” as the media like to describe rioters, who set out to destroy any number of American cities and viciously attack citizens who tried to stop them.

“Send in the troops,” the Times headline screamed. “The nation must restore order. The military stands ready.”

Cotton pointed to the use of the military to protect black students integrating Little Rock Central High School in the piece that called for deterring lawbreakers.

You can image how the pacifist left accepted that, though they’re okay with domestic terrorists from Antifa wreaking havoc on the streets. For liberals, what is seen below is a preferred option:

The editorial board of the once storied New York Times got blasted out of the water for running Cotton’s op-ed, and are now hastily beating a retreat, claiming the piece “did not meet our standards” and that the paper is now making changes to its opinion section.

“We’ve examined the piece and the process leading up to its publication,” Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman, said in a statement. “This review made clear that a rushed editorial process led to the publication of an Op-Ed that did not meet our standards. As a result, we’re planning to examine both short-term and long-term changes, to include expanding our fact-checking operation and reducing the number of Op-Eds we publish.”

There was an outright mutiny at the Old Gray Lady over Cotton’s words, with dozens of Times staff taking to Twitter to declare: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”

The mutineers also ran interference for Antifa, which was named by Cotton — this is far from the first time the liberal media has done so.

In support of the claim about “standards” and a “rushed editorial process,” word put out on the street is that no one, to include editorial page editor James Bennet took the time to read Cotton’s editorial before it was published.

But then, the Times reported as much — it was noted online that at least the paper is covering its own demise.

The paper reported Thursday: “James Bennet, the editor in charge of the opinion section, said in a meeting with staff members late in the day that he had not read the essay before it was published.”

It was also noted that more than 800 staff members signed a letter protesting its publication.

The Times said a town-hall meeting was scheduled for Friday to allow employees “to express their concerns to company leaders, including A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher; Dean Baquet, the executive editor; and Mr. Bennet, the editorial page editor.”

Taking the lead from high school students, there’s talk of a “virtual walkout” Friday at the paper, whatever that is — will it amount to an extra long coffee break?

Cotton spokesperson Caroline Tabler disputed the Times’ claim about the editorial process being compromised.

“We weren’t contacted by the New York Times in advance of this statement and our editorial process was similar to our past experiences at the New York Times and other publications. We’re curious to know what part of that process and this piece didn’t meet their standards,” Tabler said in a statement.

As is often the case, Cotton’s opinion drew far more eyes because of the meltdown on the left than it would have otherwise.

From his front porch, the Republican senator seemed to be enjoying the show.

Meanwhile, Times opinion writer Bari Weiss got roasted when she weighed in on the “civil war inside The New York Times,” citing the dynamic at play between the world view of the new guard and the old guard.

Tellingly, she pointed to the “campus culture wars” as a factor — the  institutions of higher learning in America are little more than indoctrination centers of progressive, Marxist-inspired anti-American thought.

In effect, the new progressive guard is far more radical that your run-of-the-mill red-diaper liberal.

In the end, Weiss contorts herself enough to yield to the mob — and, perhaps, her paycheck — in suggesting that “maybe” Cotton’s op-ed did fall outside the lines.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.

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