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2:05 AM ET, June 5, 2020

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New York Times:
After staff objections and debate, NYT says Sen. Cotton's op-ed fell short of standards; sources: James Bennet said he didn't read the essay before publication  —  After a staff uproar, The Times says the editing process was “rushed.”  Senator Tom Cotton's “Send In the Troops” essay is now under review.
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Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
The core problem with NYT publishing Tom Cotton's op-ed isn't that the arguments are painful or dangerous, but rather that the column was built on lies  —  Yesterday, the New York Times Opinion section ran an Op-Ed column by Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a close ally of President Trump …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Memo: NYT Publisher A.G. Sulzberger says the Tom Cotton op-ed was printed in the spirit of openness to a range of opinions, notes staffers' pain, vows to listen  —  New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended the paper's decision to publish an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) …
James Bennet / New York Times:
James Bennet defends publishing Tom Cotton's op-ed, saying readers who might oppose Cotton's view need to be aware of it if they hope to defeat it  —  More on our decision.  —  We published a piece yesterday that angered many readers, including many of my colleagues here at The Times.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Multiple staffers protested a NYT op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the US military to be used against protesters; many said it endangered black NYT staffers  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Variety EIC Claudia Eller takes a two-month leave after a tense exchange with a former employee over a post on diversity; Cynthia Littleton to be interim editor  —  BREAKING: Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief of our sister publication Variety, will take a two month administrative leave after making …
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz / Insider:
Activists from white nationalist group VDare posed as VICE Canada reporters while asking protesters' names during a livestream in DC; VICE condemns the stunt  —  - VDARE, a far-right anti-immigration nonprofit, hosted a livestream where they asked anti-racism protesters to identify themselves …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly Inquirer apologizes for “Buildings Matter, Too” headline and says that it will create a process for discussing and disclosing these types of lapses  —  An Inquirer headline suggested an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans.  That is unacceptable.
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a 53-38 vote, the Senate confirms Michael Pack, Trump's pick to lead the global media agency that oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and more  —  The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the global media agency that oversees the Voice of America.
Sarah Boseley / The Guardian:
One paper in The Lancet that led to COVID-19 drug policy changes has been retracted at the request of its lead author after doubts arose about its data  —  Retraction made after lead author says he can no longer vouch for accuracy of data  —  The Lancet paper that halted global trials …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will start blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying ads in the US this summer and is rolling out labels for ads and posts from those outlets  —  Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer.
 
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