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U.S. Senator Tom Cotton blasted The New York Times for fearing the “woke kids” in the newsroom and deciding to “tuck tail” on his opinion piece.
The Arkansas Republican admitted his published op-ed did not “meet” the standards of the liberal newspaper, but far exceeded them, in a blistering rebuke during a Fox News interview Thursday.
(Source: Fox News)
“I can tell you my op-ed doesn’t meet The New York Times standards,” Cotton said on “The Story” Thursday. “It far exceeds their standards, which are normally full of left-wing sophomoric drivel.”
The GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee mocked The New York Times for apologizing for running his opinion piece which called on the federal government to “send in the troops” to deal with the chaotic scenes of looting, arson and general rioting in major U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
While Times editorial page editor James Bennet and Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended Wednesday’s publication of the op-ed, the 168-year-old newspaper backtracked Thursday in a statement saying the decision to run it was due to a “rushed editorial process” which “led to the publication of an Op-Ed that did not meet our standards.”
“I find it amazing that in the last 24 hours, the editor of The New York Times and the publisher of The New York Times have both defended their decision to publish this op-ed, but in the face of the ‘woke’ mob, of ‘woke’ kids that are in their newsroom, they tucked tail and they ran,” Cotton told MacCallum.
“They confessed and said they’re going to go into a reeducation camp. They were going to cut the number of op-eds they write,” he continued. “And for that … I will say to the world, you’re welcome for getting The New York Times to run less of the garbage that you normally see in their pages.”
Left-wing alarmists at the newspaper claimed Cotton’s piece endangered staff by writing that “the nation must restore order.”
NY Times journos launch internal revolt, claim op-ed by Tom Cotton puts black staff members ‘in danger’ https://t.co/gDz0fXSp0x
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 4, 2020
MacCallum noted that Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey apparently unfollowed The Times account after it published the piece. Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel also announced he would not seek the endorsement of the paper’s Editorial Board because of Cotton’s op-ed.
Engel: “No U.S. Senator should be calling out the military on the pages of the New York Times. And no real progressive leader can morally accept the paper’s endorsement.” #ny16
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) June 4, 2020
MacCallum asked the senator about concerns in New York on bringing in military police to restore order.
“I bet a lot of those business owners in midtown Manhattan who had their businesses smashed by people who brought crowbars and bricks to a peaceful protest would probably beg to differ that the New York Police Department, not because of their own fault, but because of their hapless mayor, couldn’t protect their property, their livelihoods,” Cotton replied.
“In some cases, many were threatened or felt threatened for their lives as well,” he added, pointing out how local law enforcement “was either outnumbered or they had hapless Democratic politicians that were constraining them from protecting livelihoods and lives.”
The U.S. Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient noted how the newspaper has previously run editorials by Russian President Vladimir Putin and even the Taliban without any issues, but suddenly seems to have a problem over his call to use the U.S. military to help local law enforcement quell rioting, an idea supported by 58 percent of Americans according to a Morning Consult poll.
“A child mob truly is in charge at The New York Times tonight,” Cotton said.
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