the New York Times The staff member who edited Senator Tom Cotton’s infamous “Send in the Troops” column resigned from the newspaper more than six months after it was published.
Adam Rubenstein, a young editorial assistant who previously worked at The weekly standard, was put in the media spotlight last summer after the Times himself reported that he edited the famous June submission in which Cotton called on federal authorities to deploy U.S. troops to cities to quell protests against police brutality. The column sparked a staff-wide revolt and prompted the resignation of opinion editor James Bennet.
Rubenstein left the newspaper this week, The Daily Beast confirmed. Its release was announced – with little fanfare – in an internal Slack channel for Times members of staff Thursday. Neither Rubenstein nor the newspaper immediately responded to a request for comment.
Before his ouster, Bennet initially defended the column as crucial to the opinion page’s mission of showing readers “counter-arguments, especially those put forward by those in a position to define policy.” He added at the time: “We understand that many readers find Senator Cotton’s argument painful, even dangerous. We believe this is one of the reasons it requires public scrutiny and debate. “
But at a company-wide public meeting, Bennet released a mea culpa, saying, “I’m so sorry, I’m sorry for the pain this particular room has caused” and suggesting that the ordeal had become “a moment for me and for us to question everything we do in public opinion. He admitted that he had not personally read the column before it was published – “another part of the process that failed,” he said – and admitted to staff that “I should have been involved in signing the report. ‘article … I should read it and signed it. “
A few days later, Bennet resigned. Its deputy editor, James Dao, has been reassigned to the newsroom. Rubenstein stayed with the newspaper until this week.
Times executives have repeatedly presented the cotton column as “a leadership problem”, and a spokesperson called it “the result of a rushed editorial process”.
For example, during the editing process, the Times reported, Rubenstein contacted a photo editor to obtain images of troops sent to the University of Mississippi in 1962 to end segregationist mob violence against racial integration at school – a comparable situation, seems to suggest Senator, deploying troops to crush this summer’s protests against racial injustice.
“A false equivalence, but the historical images are there now,” he reportedly replied to Rubenstein, prompting the editorial assistant to admit: “Yes, there are a few in there.”
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