The tectonic restructuring process has resumed a week of turmoil within the nation’s registration paper, as employees engaged in the controversy over the publication of an opinion piece and The Times cotton editor about the process that led to it.
Sollsberger wrote the staff in the memo announcing the changes: “Although this was a painful week across the company, it sparked urgent and important talks.”
A cotton swab, published on Wednesday entitled “Sending in the Troops,” argued that the uprising law could be invoked to deploy the army across the country to help local law enforcement with the disturbances provoked by George Floyd’s death.
The opinion article was published in the Opinion section of The Times, but staff from Opinion and the Newsroom – who work separately from each other – are publicly exhibiting.
Bennett initially advocated running the editorial, but later said that his section was wrong in publishing it and blamed a pause in the editing process for a fatal flaw.
Solzberger’s announcement that Bennett will leave stunned employees, people familiar with internal conversations in The Times have told CNN Business.
A staff member of the Times team said the episode sparked meaningful talks about overall racial prejudices and diversity within the newsroom. The person said that such conversations went deeper than simply ensuring the presence of various employees and was related to larger issues related to race and the role of the Thames in society.
In a town hall with employees on Friday, Sulzberger and Bennet said that the opinion process is currently insufficient and they have structural problems, someone who was on the call to CNN Business.
Bennett’s tenure was marked by a series of fatal errors.
He left the Times opinion department reeling in September after floundering in a story about a claim of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Last April, the Opinion Department apologized after the publication of anti-Semitic cartoons in its international version.
The disaster brought criticism from Republicans who claimed that the newspaper was showing bias against them.
Cotton was highly critical of The Times for saying that its editorial did not meet its standards, noting that Bennett initially defended the opinion piece. Cotton told Fox News that the newspaper had succumbed to “a crowd of awake children.”
“My opinion does not meet the New York Times standards,” said Cotton. “It far exceeds its norms, which are usually full of left-wing sovereignty.
President Trump on Sunday responded to the news by attacking the newspaper in a tweet.