New York Times Flip-Flops on Tom Cotton's Op-Ed

Headline Roundup June 6th, 2020

After receiving backlash for publishing an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Wednesday, the New York Times added an editor's note to the article stating that it "fell short of our standards and should not have been published." Cotton's column advocated for the use of military force to curb nationwide protests and riots following George Floyd's death in police custody.

While some left-rated voices offered support for diverse opinion sections, many criticized the Times for publishing Cotton's article, framing it as 'fascist' and arguing that it endangered black people, including the publication's own journalists. Many right-rated voices criticized the Times for backtracking, with some saying it was "no longer a marketplace of ideas" and accusing it of having an anti-conservative bias.

From the Left
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OPINION

Before Donald Trump became president, most newspaper op-ed pages sought to present a spectrum of politically significant opinion and argument, which they could largely do while walling off extremist propaganda and incitement. The Trump presidency has undermined that model, because there’s generally no way to defend the administration without being either bigoted or dishonest.

Opinion sections, eager to maintain ideological diversity without publishing lies or stuff that belongs in Breitbart, have therefore filled up with anti-Trump conservatives. As a result, newspapers like this one have often been criticized for elevating...

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From the Left
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NEW YORK (AP) — In an embarrassing about-face, The New York Times said Thursday that an opinion piece it ran by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton advocating the use of federal troops to quell nationwide protests about police mistreatment of black Americans did not meet its standards.

Cotton’s op-ed, titled “Send in the Troops” and first posted online late Wednesday, caused a revolt among Times journalists, with some saying it endangered black employees. Some staff members called in sick Thursday in protest.

The Times said in a statement that a “rushed...

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From the Right
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This week, The New York Times ran an op-ed by United States Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) urging that the military be used to quell the fires, looting and violence gripping the nation’s cities.

A Morning Consult poll from this week found that 58 percent of registered voters agreed with that idea. But apparently it’s an opinion forbidden in the Times.

Black staffers at the paper said the column made them feel unsafe. The day after it ran, the paper folded like, well, The New York Times, and apologized for it....

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