The tectonic restructuring filled a week of turmoil within the nation’s record paper, with staff engaged in a debate on the publication of Cotton’s opinion and who grilled the Times’ leadership on the process that led it.
“Although this has been a painful week across the company, it has sparked urgent and important conversations,” Sulzberger wrote in the memo announcing the changes.
Cotton’s piece, released on Wednesday under the title “Send In the Troops”, claimed that the Insurrection Act could be invoked to deploy military personnel across the country to assist local law enforcement with riots triggered by the death of George Floyd. .
The magazine was published in the opinion section of the Times, but staff of both opinion and editorial staff – who operate separately from each other – publicly disagreed.
Initially Bennet defended the management of the magazine, but later stated that it was wrong to have published it and blamed an error in the editorial process.
“We saw a significant disruption to our editing processes last week, not the first we have experienced in recent years,” Sulzberger said in his Sunday memo, referring to other major unrest that the opinion section saw below. Bennet’s guide. “James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department through a period of considerable change.”
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