Ex-NYTimes Writer Says Staff ‘Bloodthirsty’ Over GOP Op-Ed

  • Embarrassing details about the extent of the 2020 staff revolt at the New York Times have been revealed in a new book featuring an interview with former Times staffer Shawn McCreesh.
  • Mediaite obtained excerpts of Steve Krakauer’s new book, Uncovered: How the Media Got Cozy with Power, Abandoned Its Principles, and Lost the People. It includes McCreesh’s account of the “Maoist struggle session” at the Times that led to the ouster of editorial page editor James Bennet in 2020.
  • The internal clash at the Times was no secret. The publication of an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), headlined “Send in the Troops” and arguing for the National Guard to respond to the 2020 riots, sparked outrage at the paper.
  • Many employees tweeted that the publishing of the op-ed endangered Black journalists at the paper of record, and 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones said that “as a black woman” and journalist, she was “deeply ashamed” that the Times published the article.


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