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February 22, 2023

New York Times Staffers Reveal "Maoist Struggle Sessions" and Woke Purges In Newsroom

In the summer of 2020, Senator Tom Cotton wrote a fairly sensible op-ed about ending the chaos, violence, and mass-arson in the cities following St. George Floyd's death due to sucking down all of his drugs in one big deadly bolus, which apparently White America was morally responsible for. The article was titled "Send In the Troops," and called for the National Guard to restore law and order -- and safety, and lack of fire -- to the cities.

This caused a Woke Meltdown at the "paper of record" (giggle), who were deeply offended that a white man was permitted to print an article in the New York Times calling for the military to be used to quell a Mostly Peaceful Insurrection.

The opinions page editor who approved the article, James Bennet, was forced to resign after the newsroom exploded in woke rage.

He was branded as guilty of the most horrible crime of all: he allowed himself to be Adjacent to Hurtful Opinions.

Steve Krakauer has written a book about the episode and the New York Times' descent into the Oberlin College POC-LGBT Union.

'It was like a Maoist struggle session': Ex-NYTimes writer describes 'crying' and 'bloodthirsty' colleagues demanding action over controversial 'send in the troops' Senator Cotton Op-Ed which sparked paper's woke meltdown

Shawn McCreesh has given an explosive account of the fallout at the New York Times over an Op-Ed by Senator Tom Cotton

Cotton's Op-Ed, titled 'Send in the Troops', argued for the National Guard to respond to the 2020 BLM riots

James Bennet resigned from his job as editorial page editor over the scandal which McCreesh said was like a 'Maoist struggle'

By Will Potter For Dailymail.Com

A former New York Times staffer has revealed how his 'bloodthirsty' colleagues sparked a woke meltdown inside the newsroom after the paper published a controversial opinion piece about the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Shawn McCreesh described how a 'Maoist struggle' ensued after the paper published the Op-Ed by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton in June 2020.

Cotton's piece, titled 'Send in the Troops', plunged the outlet into chaos after the Republican argued for the National Guard to respond to the 2020 BLM riots.

McCreesh details the internal backlash in an upcoming book by author Steve Krakauer, noting that it felt like 'a murder' had occurred after the scandal led to the resignation of influential editorial page editor James Bennet.

After the paper decided to publish Cotton's controversial opinion piece, many woke employees publicly hit out at the Times for upsetting them.

Several staffers took to Twitter to slam NYT executives for allowing the publication, including 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, who said she was 'deeply ashamed'.

The woke demanded victory in this one battle -- but that was the only battle. After that, they had won the War for the New York Times and would not be challenged again.

He said that the New York Times newsroom became controlled by 'Twitter-brained crazies', as his 'bizarre' former colleagues became 'bloodthirsty' in reaction to the article.

Get ready:

In one instance, a staff meeting to discuss Cotton's Op-Ed piece saw tech writer Charlie Warzel begin openly weeping in front of his colleagues due to the backlash.

He allegedly said 'none of his friends wanted to talk to him anymore because he worked for this horrible evil newspaper that would print this Op-Ed'.

The New York Times has officially appended an apology to the piece, declaring it to be, officially, a Wrongopinion.

Usually facts are wrong. But here, an opinion is officially wrong.

The New York Times has since attached an editors note to the piece, where it acknowledges that 'this essay met strong criticism from many readers - and many Times colleagues'.

The paper says their decision to publish the piece led to a 'review' of its editing process, adding that it 'concluded that the essay fell short of our standards and should not have been published.'

More from Mediaite's Isaac Schorr.*

"There was like this giant communal Slack chat for the whole company that became sort of the digital gallows," he told me. "And all these angry backbiting staffers were gathering there and demanding that heads roll and the most bloodthirsty of the employees were these sort of weird tech and audio staffers and then a handful of people who wrote for like the Arts and Leisure section, and the Style section, and the magazine, which, in other words, you know, it was no one who was actually out covering any of the protests or the riots or the politics. It was just sort of like a bunch of Twitter-brained crazies kind of running wild on Slack. And the leadership was so horrified by what was happening. They just completely lost their nerve."

"The worst part was that a lot of the people who were stabbing James in the front were the ones that he hired and brought to the newspaper," McCreesh added. "It was like Caesar on the floor of the Roman Senate or something. Just this sort of horrible moment, and I remember closing my laptop and pouring a huge glass of wine, even though it was at like noon. Because I was so fucking freaked out by what we had just witnessed."

John Sexton wrote about this last night, including reminding us of other New York Times writers purged by the Woke Inquisitors.

Benet told Ben Smith that New York Times Nepot Baby Pinch Sulzberger wants to play dress-up as an "Old School Newsman" -- but wants to hear the cheers from the woke mob more.

The Times and its publisher, Bennet said, "want to have it both ways." Sulzberger is "old school" in his belief in a neutral, heterodox publication. But "they want to have the applause and the welcome of the left, and now there's the problem on top of that that they've signed up so many new subscribers in the last few years and the expectation of those subscribers is that the Times will be Mother Jones on steroids."

More at the link, including the purge of a science editor who was cancelled when it was discovered that years ago, he had used the n-word.

He had used the n-word when specifically asked about the appropriateness of using the n-word in certain academic and journalistic contexts.

The woke mobs demanded his head, and the "newsroom" as a whole boycotted him, vowing not to work with him.

* If that name sounds distressingly familiar, he was an egregiously anti-conservative cvckbag at National Review, who I guess got canned, or was invited to seek greater opportunities, and is now at Mediaite.

Some cvcks are too cvcky even for National Review -- especially when they're very junior cvcks who nevertheless cannot go two days without starting twitter beef with actual conservatives.

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