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 it was wrong to publish it and blamed a bug in the editing process for the error.
“Last week we witnessed a major breakdown in our editorial processes, not the first time we have seen in recent years,” said Sulzberger in his note on Sunday, referring to other key dilemmas in the opinion department under Bennett’s leadership. “James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the division during a period of great change.”
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