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On Wednesday, the New York Times Opinion section made the choice to publish an op-ed by Republican Senator Tom Cotton that can only be described as a fascist call for the military to crack down on people protesting against police violence and brutality, under the incendiary headline “Send in the Troops.” Earlier that day, the Philadelphia Inquirer had made a similar choice to publish an op-ed titled, “Buildings Matter, Too.” \n

Opinion section made the choice to publish an op-ed by Republican Senator Tom Cotton that can only be described as aEarlier that day, theBoth of these deliberate choices by the outlets’ opinion editors were widely criticized by people who asked very reasonable questions about the ethics of these decisions.

up belief that the value of black people’s humanity is worthy of debate, and the utter inability of Old White Men Journalists to let go of the idea that they alone shouldNow, journalists at both outlets are speaking out and criticizing the decisions of their opinion pages.

has ramifications for their employment, and in particular for its black employees. Black reporters have long raised valid complaints about their treatment at theand a dismissal of their critiques of other reporters’ and writers’ ideological framing of issues, ranging from police violence to white nationalism: critiques that are frequently framed as biased when, to give just one obvious example, Bret Stephens’s thoughts are not. On Thursday, thepublisher A.G.

an excuse that is all the more hollow when one considers that his own employees are barred from freely expressing their own opinions.

 

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