The tectonic restructuring included a week of turmoil in national records, and employees got involved in a debate over the publication of Cotton’s opus and pushed the Times leadership into the process that led to it.
“While this is a painful week for the entire company, it has sparked urgent and important talks,” Sulzberger wrote to employees in a memorandum announcing the changes.
Pamun’s piece, released Wednesday, titled “Send Troops,” argued that the Rebellion Act could call for the deployment of troops across the country to help local law enforcement in the riots sparked by George Floyd’s death.
The dedicated publication was published in The Times’ opinion section, but employees of both the opinion and the newsroom – acting separately from each other – publicly protested.
Bennett initially defended himself by showing the edition, but later said his section was wrong because he published it and accused him of embarrassment in the editorial process.
Sulzberger’s announcement that Bennet will leave stunned employees, people told CNN Business were familiar with internal conversations in The Times.
Times staff say the episode sparked meaningful conversations about systemic racial bias and diversity within the newsroom. The person said such conversations went deeper than simply securing diverse staff and were around larger issues concerning race and The Times ’role in society.
At City Hall with employees on Friday, Sulzberger and Bennet said the current-focused process was inadequate and had structural problems, a person who was on a call to CNN Business said.
Bennett’s tenure was marked by a series of high-profile failures.
The Times opinion section left an echo in September after it launched a story about Brett Kavanaugh being charged with sexual misconduct against Justice of the Supreme Court.
And last April, the opinion section apologized after publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition.
The latest debacle has resulted in criticism from Republicans who have claimed the newspapers show bias against them.
Cotton sharply criticized The Times for saying its editor did not meet his standards, noting that Bennet initially defended that version. Pamuk told Fox News that the newspaper had sided with the “waking children’s mafia.”
“My challenge doesn’t meet New York Times standards,” Cotton said. “They far exceed their standards, which are usually full of leftist, sophomore movements.”
President Trump responded to the news on Sunday by attacking the newspaper in a tweet.