Weeks after the controversy sparked by the US-based newspaper's decision to take down an opinion article written by a Republican senator, Americans are still discussing whether or not the prominent paper has room for all American voices or not.
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 his June 3rd op-ed published in the NYT, US Senator from Arkansas Tom Cotton had called on US troops to be deployed to cities where Black Lives Matter protests had erupted following the death of African American George Floyd. The article that ignited a lot of anger among NYT editors, who argued that his opinion article "threatens lives of Black editors at the paper," forced the paper to review the choice of article and senior editor James Bennet to resign, after calling it "a non-factual" piece.
NYT editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned. The announcement comes just days after the newspaper published a controversial op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton titled “Send in the Troops.” https://t.co/eCgzMtHGCC— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 7, 2020
While the paper's decision was welcomed by liberal commentators, more conservative voices questioned the NYT's commitment to free speech.
Some social media users wondered whether the liberal newspaper would rather represent only one part of the country, than allow voices they don't agree with in their opinion section.
I didn't like the Tom Cotton Op-ed, but my problem is with the whole NYT oped -- it's been a disaster since 2016. I don't even know why people think it's a liberal Newspaper.— gswaggroom (@groombz09) June 27, 2020
Some commentators went on to accuse the NYT of having double standards, highlighting that it has often allowed officials from countries with anti-American stances to run their op-eds, such as the Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif.
Sen Tom Cotton has right to give his opinion just as anyone else in USA regardless of view.— SILVIA SUAREZ (@JUSTDOITNOW12) June 7, 2020
Shame on you NYT for not standing up for freedom of speech.
2-But, a senior editor, James Bennet, was forced to resign for running a “non-factual” piece. If facts have always been a standard for NYTimes op-eds, I wonder why Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has been allowed to publish non-factual opinions.— Roya Hakakian (@RoyaTheWriter) June 28, 2020
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