Who would have thought Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas could have such an impact on the way The New York Times runs its editorial page? In what turned out to be one of the most consequential op-eds in the history of the paper (at least as far as the paper is concerned), Cotton wrote last week that it was time for President Trump to “send in the troops” to quell the violence and rioting erupting around the country.
This was (and remains) a popular position as far as the greater American population is concerned, but it proved to be dramatically unpopular among woke staffers at The New York Times. They began tweeting that the op-ed “puts black lives in danger” and demanding changes in the way their employer handles sensitive racial issues. In other words, they demanded that the paper begin endorsing and publishing ONLY those opinions that fall in line with the Black Lives Matter agenda.
Instead of gently telling these staffers to get stuffed, the Times forced out opinion page editor James Bennet, attached a warning to the op-ed, and promised to do better by its readership.
“The journalism of Times Opinion has never mattered more than in this time of crisis at home and around the world, and I’ve been honored to be part of it,” said Bennet in his goodbye statement. “I’m so proud of the work my colleagues and I have done to focus attention on injustice and threats to freedom and to enrich debate about the right path forward by bringing new voices and ideas to Times readers.”
Has a more simpering, “but I’m one of the good guys!” statement ever been issued by someone who, until now, considered themselves a member in good standing with The Left? Well, probably. Those school deans who relieved themselves of their own careers during the height of the campus protests released some pretty embarrassing mea culpas. Still, this one is right up there.
We found more to enjoy in Cotton’s response.
“The New York Times editorial page editor and owner defended [my piece] in public statements but then they totally surrendered to a woke child mob from their own newsroom that apparently gets triggered if they’re presented with any opinion contrary to their own, as opposed to telling the woke children in their newsroom this is the workplace, not a social justice seminar on campus,” Cotton told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Yeah, that just about gets to the heart of the matter, we’d say. Contrarian ideas accidentally found their way inside The Great Liberal Bubble, and all hell broke loose. We’re sure the gatekeepers at The New York Times will be extra careful to make sure it never happens again.