NYT Editor Wanted Schumer’s OK On Column By Republican Senator

Former NYT Opinion-Page Staffer Shared The Story With Sen. Tim Scott

  • Sen. Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina, asked the NYT to publish an op-ed on his police-reform legislation in 2020 after the George Floyd riots had begun.
  • Bari Weiss, then at the NYT, said an editor wanted Schumer to review Scott’s op-ed.
  • A junior staffer refused because of the ethical conflict.
  • Democrats ultimately defeated Scott’s reform legislation.