NYT issues "mea culpa" for running Sen. Cotton op-ed on riots, says it was "rushed," failed to "meet our standards"

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 5th, 2020 2:43 pm
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Last Updated Jun 5th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

The New York Times issued a "mea culpa" over the publication's decision to publish an opinion piece written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) that called for the federal government to "send in the troops" to end the riots over the death of George Floyd.

Almost immediately after the piece's publication on Wednesday, Times staffers took to Twitter and called for the article's removal, saying "Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger."

Although Times editorial page editor James Bennet defended the piece, saying it would "undermine the integrity" of the paper if they "only published views" that the editors agree with, a Times' spokesperson claimed that Cotton's piece never should have been approved.

"We've examined the piece and the process leading up to its publication. This review made clear that a rushed editorial process led to the publication of an Op-Ed that did not meet our standards," the spokesperson said. "As a result, we're planning to examine both short term and long term changes, to include expanding our fact-checking operation and reduction the number of op-eds we publish."

Social media erupted with criticism.

Following the Times' statement, Cotton slammed the publication for its retraction.

"I can tell you my op-ed doesn't meet The New York Times' standards. It far exceeds their standards, which are normally full of left-wing sophomoric drivel," Cotton told Fox News. "And I find it amazing that in the last 24 hours, the editor of The New York Times and the publisher of The New York Times have both defended their decision to publish this op-ed, but in the face of the 'woke' mob, of 'woke' kids that are in their newsroom, they tucked tail and they ran."

? A new Morning Consult poll found that a majority of Americans support calling in the military to assist the police in handling the riots across the country.

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