New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigns after backlasck

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Sulzberger also said that Jim Dao, an associate editor of the editorial page who had publicly assumed responsibility for overseeing the writing of the article, would leave the banner and be reassigned to the newsroom. Katie Kingsbury, another assistant editor of the editorial page, will oversee the editorial page during the 2020 election.

The tectonic restructuring closed a week of turmoil in the country’s official document, with staff engaging in a debate over the publication of the Cotton editorial and toasting Times leadership over the process leading up to it.

“Although this week has been painful throughout the company, it has sparked urgent and important conversations,” Sulzberger wrote to employees in the memo announcing the changes.

Cotton’s play, published Wednesday under the title “Send In the Troops”, argued that the Insurrection Act could be used to deploy the army across the country to help local law enforcement officials worry of George Floyd’s death.

The editorial was published in the Times opinion section, but the opinion and editorial staff – who operate separately from each other – were publicly dissident.Bennet initially championed publishing the editorial, but then said he was wrong to have it published and blamed a breakdown in the editorial process for the blunder.

“Last week we saw a significant break in our editing processes, not the first we have experienced in recent years,” said Sulzberger in his note on Sunday, referring to other major debacles than the section. of opinion saw under the leadership of Bennet. “James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department during a period of considerable change. ”


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