Diversity of Opinion: The New York Times and a Toxic Commentary

In the guest commentary, “Send the Troops in,” Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton called for a US President-authorized military intervention to end the unrest following the violent police death of George Floyd. The article appeared on June 3, Trump had previously blamed extreme left groups, namely the “Antifa”, for outbreaks of violence. Cotton seconded that what was needed now was an “overwhelming show of force”.

The comment, which was published in the midst of a social crisis of unimaginable proportions, endangered black people, including black employees of the newspaper, so the arguments of the critics.

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