We are living through a less violent version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution where if you say anything the left doesn’t like you must recant and debase yourself and you must completely dis-associate yourself from everything you’ve said. In some cases, you must resign from your job.
It appears Drew Brees got off easy. James Bennet of the NY Times did not. As editorial page editor, Bennet allowed an op-ed article by Senator Tom Cotton, whose most glaring defect by New York Times standards is that he’s a Republican. For allowing Senator Cotton’s conservative op-ed to be printed, Bennet ‘agreed’ to resign.
Editorial content on the New York Times is about 95% left leaning, about 5% conservative and 100% anti-Trump. No pretense toward balanced commentary is asserted. Nor should it be accepted if it were. Such is the state of journalism in the country where so-called journalists are activists with an agenda rather than factual reporters.
Far be it from the New York Times to publish content that might present a different or contrary perspective. In 2020, readers are only to be fed content that conforms to their biases. No going outside the lines or expanding the mind.
A.G. Sulzberger, New York Times’ publisher, acknowledged the mistake the paper made in allowing the article by Senator Cotton in a note to staff, “Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes.”
James Bennet resigned on Sunday from his job as the editorial page editor of The New York Times, days after the newspaper’s opinion section, which he oversaw, published a much-criticized Op-Ed by a United States senator calling for a military response to civic unrest in American cities.
“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher, in a note to the staff on Sunday announcing Mr. Bennet’s departure.
In a brief interview, Mr. Sulzberger added: “Both of us concluded that James would not be able to lead the team through the next leg of change that is required.”
At an all-staff virtual meeting on Friday, Mr. Bennet, 54, apologized for the Op-Ed, saying that it should not have been published and that it had not been edited carefully enough. An editors’ note posted late Friday noted factual inaccuracies and a “needlessly harsh” tone. “The essay fell short of our standards and should not have been published,” the note said.
The Op-Ed, by Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, had “Send In the Troops” as its headline. “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers,” he wrote. The piece, published on Wednesday, drew anger from readers and Times journalists. Mr. Bennet declined to comment.