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The opinion column of the Republican senator from Arkansas Tom Cotton calling to send the army to put down the racial revolts that are lived every night in the big cities of the United States has caused a real tsunami in the New York Times , and not only internally. In addition to the revolt by several newspaper editors against the editorial management for allowing an opinion that "endangers black journalists" on its pages, the large newspaper has suffered the highest number of subscriber cancellations in an hour of its history.

In the hours after the opinion column was published, the newspaper's internal chat on the Slack platform became a hotbed. Dozens of New York Times employees expressed their anger over the publication of Cotton's controversial column, while the upper echelons called for calm and assured that a statement was being prepared with James Bennett , chief of opinion of the newspaper.

Indeed, Bennett himself defended in a Twitter thread his decision to publish a column that clearly goes against the editorial line of the newspaper: "The Times Opinion pages owe our readers the publication of counterarguments, especially those issued on charges public ".

The response only fueled debate among employees in the chat. Many of them transferred their discontent to the streets through their social networks. "Publishing this puts the editors, editors, and other New York Times employees at risk," said African-American columnist Roxanne Gay .

The former New York Times chief of opinion Sewell Chan also publicly disagreed , despite saying "reluctant to comment on his alma mater": "The decision to publish Tom Cotton calling for the deployment of the army to calm the unrest exceeds the good journalistic practice. "

But in addition to the internal revolt, the tsunami unleashed by the publication of Cotton's column may jeopardize one of the New York Times ' main assets : its subscriptions. The American online magazine Slate has had access to the Slack chat in which the employees of the New York Times communicate , and has seen how some of them commented with amazement on how the cancellations were multiplied by minutes: "Every time I refresh they grow faster and faster," commented one of them. "203 cancellations between four and five: the highest number in an hour that we have ever had," noted another.

The same outlet has learned that the newspaper decided to eliminate the possibility of writing comments to Cotton's article because it did not have enough moderators to guarantee the filtering of the avalanche of readers' opinions.

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