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NYT editor resigns over controversial article

New York: The New York Times’ editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned following public furor over the publishing of an op-ed piece calling for military forces to quell anti-racism protests.

The article was written by Tom Cotton, a Donald Trump loyalist and a junior senator for Arkansas.

Titled, Send in the Troops, the article called for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and use military force against citizens to suppress unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The newspaper had initially stood by the publication but then said the article “did not meet” its standards, the BBC reported.

The article’s publication also led to widespread criticism within the NYT newsroom. Over 800 staff members signed a letter of protest to senior editors and the company’s executives, arguing that Cotton’s article contained misinformation.

Bennet later apologized and admitted that he had not read the piece before its publication.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been protesting in recent weeks against racism and police brutality.

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