The New York Times announced on Sunday that editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned from his post — following controversy over the publication of an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton.

“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher, in a note to staff announcing the changes.

“James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department through a period of considerable change.”

Katie Kingsbury, who joined The Times in 2017, was named acting editorial page editor through the November election, Sulzberger said.

He also announced that Jim Dao, the deputy editorial page editor, was stepping down from his position on the Times masthead and taking a new job in the newsroom.

The changes came after days of turmoil over the Republican lawmaker’s piece, published Wednesday with the title “Send In The Troops.”

In his op-ed, Cotton argued that President Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the military across the country to aid local law enforcement with unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

The column, which Bennet later said he did not read ahead of publication, caused an open revolt from staffers at the newspaper, with dozens tweeting their displeasure, including sharing the note: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”

Bennet initially defended publishing the piece, both in the paper and on Twitter, writing: “Times Opinion owes it to our readers to show them counter-arguments, particularly those made by people in a position to set policy.”

But at a virtual town hall held for Times staffers on Friday, Bennet apologized, saying the op-ed should not have been published and that it was the result of a breakdown in the process meant to vet such pieces, the Grey Lady reported.

In his note to staff, Sulzberger said that “none of these changes mark a retreat from The Times’s responsibility to help people understand a range of voices across the breadth of public debate.”

“That role is as important as it’s ever been. We are a polarized nation whose shared understanding of the world has fractured. The Times, and journalism more broadly, plays an essential role in making sense of this moment, wrestling with the history that has brought us here and helping the public chart a path forward.”

“That requires fearless engagement with ideas from across the political spectrum, particularly those we disagree with,” he continued. “Those ideas, like everything that appears in our pages, must adhere to the highest standards of accuracy and be communicated in a way that respects our readers.”

In a statement announcing Bennet’s resignation, he said the former editor was “a journalist of enormous talent and integrity who believes deeply in the mission of The Times.”

“He oversaw a significant transformation of the Opinion department, which broadened the range of voices we publish and pushed us into new formats like video, graphics and audio. I’m grateful for his many contributions.”

Bennet, who became editorial page director in May 2016, said in a statement that “The journalism of Times Opinion has never mattered more than in this time of crisis at home and around the world, and I’ve been honored to be part of it.”

“I’m so proud of the work my colleagues and I have done to focus attention on injustice and threats to freedom and to enrich debate about the right path forward by bringing new voices and ideas to Times readers.”

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