As I have maybe mentioned before, I personally have a fair bit of time for New York’s premier newspaper; the New York Times. I admire its journalism, I admire its standards of writing, on just about everything excepting when it comes to its stance on politics, on its depressing total alliance with the Democratic Party: and of course with its equally depressing stance of condemning anything approved by, or arising from, either President Trump, or his Republican Party colleagues. A single note is my subscription to the New York Times, alone of all the major newspapers available; both here in the UK and in America.
So, as maybe explained above, I was really surprised to read an Op-Ed from Senator Tom Cotton in that same New York Times: an Op-Ed, which called for the Military to stand ready where Governors or Mayors have either refused to call for full force to be used by the police, or refused to call upon the National Guard
A couple of paragraphs,; from the beginning of the OP-Ed, which give a flavour of the whole piece, are reproduced here:-
This week, rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy, recalling the widespread violence of the 1960s.
New York City suffered the worst of the riots Monday night, as Mayor Bill de Blasio stood by while Midtown Manhattan descended into lawlessness. Bands of looters roved the streets, smashing and emptying hundreds of businesses. Some even drove exotic cars; the riots were carnivals for the thrill-seeking rich as well as other criminal elements.
Outnumbered police officers, encumbered by feckless politicians, bore the brunt of the violence. In New York State, rioters ran over officers with cars on at least three occasions. In Las Vegas, an officer is in “grave” condition after being shot in the head by a rioter. In St. Louis, four police officers were shot as they attempted to disperse a mob throwing bricks and dumping gasoline; in a separate incident, a 77-year-old retired police captain was shot to death as he tried to stop looters from ransacking a pawnshop. This is “somebody’s granddaddy,” a bystander screamed at the scene.
Some elites have excused this orgy of violence in the spirit of radical chic, calling it an understandable response to the wrongful death of George Floyd. Those excuses are built on a revolting moral equivalence of rioters and looters to peaceful, law-abiding protesters. A majority who seek to protest peacefully shouldn’t be confused with bands of miscreants.
However, immediately Senator Cotton’s authoritative piece hits the streets, an uproar arose, not only from its readers, but mainly from its Editorial Staff.
A rebuttal note is attached to the whole piece, and it explains how “Instead, the editing process was rushed and flawed, and senior editors were not sufficiently involved” as well as “The headline — which was written by The Times, not Senator Cotton — was incendiary and should not have been used.”
Well Mr Editor of the New York Times, I would simply comment that, as a bit of bolting stable doors after the whole cavalry section has departed, your excuses leave a great deal to be desired. Are we to believe that Senior Editors would not scrutinise, to the Nth degree, an Op-Ed by a Senator? Are we to believe that the whole Editorial Staff missed an inflammatory Op-Ed because they were all on a coffee-break? Are we really to believe that “ the editing process was rushed and flawed?”
As Senator Cotton himself commented upon ‘The Times’ in a slap-down piece in Breitbart, ““I will say, my op-ed didn’t meet the Times’ standards,” he said. “It far exceeded their standards, which is usually sophomoric, left-wing drivel. “