Friday, June 21, 2024

Upside Down World: Trump Calls Tom Cotton’s “Send in the Military” Op-Ed “Excellent” as NYTimes Ousts 2 Top Editors


We are living in the upside down world. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has just called an op-ed piece by conservative nut senator Tom Cotton “excellent.” The essay has been so widely criticized that this afternoon two top editorial page editors at the New York Times have been ousted.

But Trump thinks “Send in the Military” was great. He wrote:

Opinion Editor at @nytimes just walked out. That’s right, he quit over the excellent Op-Ed penned by our great Senator  @TomCottonAR. TRANSPARENCY! The State of Arkansas is very proud of Tom. The New York Times is Fake News!!!”

Cotton, who I think should be in a straitjacket with a ball gag, wrote of the protestors this past week: “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers. But local law enforcement in some cities desperately needs backup, while delusional politicians in other cities refuse to do what’s necessary to uphold the rule of law.”

Cotton, who is 100% polyester, is a sick man. He continued: The pace of looting and disorder may fluctuate from night to night, but it’s past time to support local law enforcement with federal authority.
After a massive protest within and outside the Times, the publisher has decreed that “Stop the Military” didn’t meet the paper’s standards. Op Ed page editor James  Bennett was forced to resign for letting the editorial run, and editor James Dao has been reassigned to the hot dog counter at Schnipper’s off the Times lobby.
I do feel bad for those guys. To think a loony tune like Cotton has wrecked their careers.
But much worse is that Trump has backed the editorial. He obviously was aiming for Marshall Law, and wanted the National Guard to move in on Washington DC permanently. He’s erected his nine mile triple fence around the White House — “the people’s house” — in defiance of all American tradition. His level of paranoia is way beyond Nixon’s. And that, back in the early Seventies, was so unacceptable we swore it would never happen again. And yet, here it is.
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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