Several hours ago, Allahpundit wrote about the backlash to the NY Times decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton advocating that President Trump use troops to stop riots and looting in American cities. At the time he wrote that, the Times was still defending the publication. Editorial page editor James Bennet published a piece which said in part:
We published Cotton’s argument in part because we’ve committed to Times readers to provide a debate on important questions like this. It would undermine the integrity and independence of The New York Times if we only published views that editors like me agreed with, and it would betray what I think of as our fundamental purpose — not to tell you what to think, but to help you think for yourself.
But just over an hour ago the NY Times reversed course. Times’ media writer Marc Tracy and two other reporters just published a new piece in which the Times said publication of the essay was beneath its standards: