The Washington Post reports:
Staffers at the New York Times are publicly rebuking their own newspaper for publishing an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for military intervention into American cities where protests over George Floyd’s death have led to further unrest.
The backlash, which spilled out on Twitter, came from dozens across the organization and included opinion writers, reporters, editors and magazine staffers.
Several tweeted the same message — “Running this puts Black @nytimes staffers in danger” — with a screenshot of the editorial’s headline: “Tom Cotton: Send In The Troops.” In his op-ed, Cotton defended the invocation of the Insurrection Act.
NYT staffers are in revolt over the newspaper’s publication of Tom Cotton’s “Send In the Troops” opinion piece https://t.co/cY9vPYvBtM
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 4, 2020
In a perverse way, I am glad that the NYT ran that fascist drivel from Tom Cotton.We periodic reminders that once Trump is gone, aspiring authoritarian nationalists like Cotton are waiting in the wings. Defeating Trump is not enough – banishing Trumpism is the goal.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 3, 2020
Bad enough that the NYT ran Cotton’s op-ed, but clearly Cotton is already running for president on the “Trump isn’t violent enough” ticket. Either that or he’s angling to be Acting SECDEF to see if they can sneak that China/Iran two front war in before November. #NeverCotton
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 3, 2020
NYT reporters in a rare open revolt over the opinion side running Tom Cotton’s op-Ed calling to deploy the military to “restore order.” pic.twitter.com/MgLuR8EunJ
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) June 3, 2020