In this country, conservatives apparently no longer have freedom of speech — and anyone attempting to say otherwise is declared guilty by default.
James Bennet, the now-former editor of The New York Times opinion page, dared to publish an op-ed written by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), and his resignation has essentially been compelled as a result, as Fox News reports.
Controversy surrounds op-ed
Last week, Sen. Cotton penned an op-ed in the Times entitled “Send in the Troops” in which he outlined his support of President Donald Trump’s request to allow National Guard troops to be used to supplement local law enforcement in quelling the violence that erupted in cities across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
This was a move that drew extreme criticism from Democrats, while most Republicans supported the idea of protecting the safety and property of law-abiding citizens.
After the op-ed was published, not only were those on the left furious, but there was also an internal uprising at the Times over the fact the piece was even allowed to see the light of day.
Initially, Bennet defended Cotton’s right to be heard but after the swift backlash that ensued, he quickly cowered to the progressive at the publication’s helm.
According to Fox, Bennet stated upon resigning from his position: “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.”
The ousted editor added: “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.”
Surrendering to the mob
Opinion pieces are supposed to be just that: diverse perspectives on important issues of the day gleaned from a variety of outside sources.
By all appearances, Cotton’s op-ed met the Times’ publishing standards, it was just that its content did not fit the far-left worldview of those who comprise the paper’s staff.
Sen. Cotton was extremely critical of the paper for bowing down to the leftist pressure after his piece was published, telling Fox News:
The New York Times editorial page editor and owner defended it 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.
As a result of the backlash over Cotton’s op-ed, the Times has gone even further to announce that it will be expanding its fact-checking of opinion pieces and will reduce its number of op-ed pieces from outside contributors.