James Bennett, editor of the editorial page, announced at the meeting that Coton’s article, which was published online on Wednesday, will not be published in print on Sunday as initially planned, as many employees who watched CNN Business’s Virtual Town Hall said.
People added that Bennett, who apologized for the catastrophe, added that The Times would catch an editorial note of the cotton version.
A cotton swab, published under the title “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 employees of the opinion and newsroom – who work separately from each other – publicly opposed this week.
The Times spokespeople have not discussed the details of this story. Caroline Tabler, communications director of Cotton, told CNN Business that The Times had not contacted the Senator’s office since Thursday evening.
Presented at City Hall on Friday was AG Sulzberger, The Times publisher, Dean Paquet, Executive Editor, Joe Kahn, Editor in Chief, Mark Thompson, CEO, and Bennett.
Solzberger, who issued a lukewarm defense to publish an editorial on Thursday, said in the town hall that a piece of cotton would not have run around in Thames, people said on the call.
Bennett, according to two people on the call, admitted to the employees that he had not personally read the piece prior to its publication, although he said it had been reviewed by senior editors, and said the process “collapsed” and was “rushed.”
Bennett – who called the workers described as “upset” and “shaken” – had published an article defending the decision to run the Cotton Editorial less than 24 hours before his comments.
Bennett said conversations with his black colleagues had influenced his thinking, according to someone in the call.
A separate person on the call said Bennett and Solzberger that the opinion process is currently insufficient and they have structural problems.
Bennett was asked about Tweets from Barry Vice, opinion writer. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Weiss said there was a “civil war” inside the newspaper between “waking” and “liberals” older.
Bennett expressed his dissatisfaction with Weiss’s tweets. Weiss did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Two of the people on the call said that Bouquet, who leads the Thames Newsroom, opened up to his colleagues about his own experience as a black man in America.
Bouquet told employees that he held a position of great influence in the press, but when he walks down the street wearing jeans and sneakers, he is seen differently in the eyes of society.