Danger sets in the U.S as The New York Times publishes Tom Cotton’s use of military force.
What We Know:
- The New York Times faced a backlash late Wednesday by running an Op-Ed and publishing it as part of the news. Many of the staff members came out and “shamed” the Times for publishing this opinion-based article and igniting more fire as well as danger in the community.
- In the wake of the many riots all over the U.S, President Trump threatened the use of the United States army by the Insurrection Act to act as needed and use physical force against protesters.
- Republican Senator, Tom Cotton supported the President’s threat and urged the US army to show “an overwhelming show of force” to restore order.
- The New York Times employees and subscribers revolted over Tom Cotton’s remarks. Below are a few tweets out of the many that responded:
Surreal and horrifying to wake up on the morning of June 4 – the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown – to this headline. pic.twitter.com/vNtiFz3vqq
— Amy Qin (@amyyqin) June 4, 2020
Love your work Jenna, but had to cancel @nytimes today for this reason
— Ceda DEFUND THE POLICE Shiiiiiiiiong (@slobear) June 3, 2020
- The union that represents the Times staff issued the following statement, “Though we understand the Op-Ed desk’s responsibility to publish a diverse array of opinions, we find the publication of this essay to be an irresponsible choice”.
- Editorial page editor at The New York Times, James Bennet published a post on his Twitter account regarding the importance of publishing the Op-ed post of Tom Cotton. He stated that The New York Times knows how painful and “dangerous” it could be. However, they “believe that is one reason it requires public scrutiny and debate”.
The Times editorial board has forcefully defended the protests as patriotic and criticized the use of force, saying earlier today that police too often have “responded with more violence — against protesters, journalists and bystanders.” https://t.co/XdjnhuAVax
— James Bennet (@JBennet) June 3, 2020
- Executive Editor of The New York Times stated the difference between opinion pieces and news articles and how they are both published on the home page but they are not news.
- Following the union that represents the Times, the NewsGuild of New York that represents many Times journalists said in a statement that the “Op-Ed promotes hate”. NewsGuild also stated that “media organizations have a responsibility to hold power to account, not amplify voices of power without context and caution”.
Our statement: pic.twitter.com/0XgUBv9IIv
— NewsGuild of New York (@nyguild) June 4, 2020
- Along with several sources dropping The New York Times because of the published article, it has also caused about 800 staff members to sign a letter protesting its publication.
Following the uproar from staff and subscribers spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy for The New York Times later backtracked their support on James Bennet’s approval to publish the article and said the following: “This review made clear that a rushed editorial process led to the publication of an Op-Ed that did not meet our standards”.
Man Who Fell Through Bronx Sidewalk Into a Pit of Rats Sues Building Owner
Plunging into a pit of rats is no longer an irrational fear for this Bronx man.
What We Know:
- In late October, 33-year-old Leonard Shoulders was waiting to catch a bus at East 183rd Street near Third Avenue in Bronx, New York. Suddenly, the ground beneath him fell through plummeting him 12 feet below a side-walk sinkhole and into a dark vault filled with rats.
- According to the Gothamist, Shoulders has since filed a lawsuit, claiming gross negligence of property maintenance, against the city and the owner of a nearby building. His attorney, Nicholas Bagley, told the Gothamist, “These rats were crawling all over him and he was fearful of screaming out because he didn’t want them to go in his mouth or further agitate them.”
- His attorney also stated that the total amount of money Shoulders is seeking to gain in the lawsuit will be determined by the extent of his permanent injuries and psychological trauma. Since the incident occurred, Shoulders’s attorney states that he fractured his spine and was paralyzed in the fall. After undergoing spinal surgery, and currently living in a rehabilitation facility, it is unclear if he will ever regain full function of his body.
- The whole thing was caught on a security camera in a nearby building. The video, obtained by NBC News, shows pedestrians leaning over the gaping hole in the sidewalk in an attempt to address Shoulders’s condition. After spending thirty minutes in the rat-infested pit, Shoulders was finally pulled out by the New York City Fire Department.
This story is truly a New Yorker’s worst nightmare!
Mother of Florida Teen Who Was Shot and Killed By Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Shot at His Burial Service
Quesheda Pierce (39) was shot in the leg on Saturday by a single gunshot at the burial service of her son Sincere Pierce.
What We Know:
- Her son, Sincere, was one of two Black teens that were fatally shot by a Brevard County deputy during an attempted traffic stop on November 13. Friends and family gathered on Saturday at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery to pay their final moments of respect.
- As the Pastor was finishing his remarks and attendees placed flowers on Sincere’s casket, a single shot was fired and Florida Today reported that Ms. Pierce was heard yelling.
- According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the gun that shot Ms. Pierce was an “accidental discharge” of a concealed weapon.
- In a statement to NBC News, sheriff’s spokesperson Tod Goodyear stated, “Initial reports were that a male and female received non-life-threatening injuries when shot during a funeral service”. He continued, “The female victim is identified as 39-year-old Quasheda Pierce.”
- Officials have not released the name of the 16-year-old male suspected of firing the shot and he is not cooperating with law enforcement.
- Goodyear stated:
“The investigation to date, which includes witness testimony and physical evidence, has determined that the single shot allegedly originated from the 16-year-old who apparently experienced an accidental discharge from a firearm concealed on his person during the funeral service.”
- The 16-year-old was injured as well. Goodyear explained the bullet “penetrated and exited his leg prior to impacting Quasheda Pierce’s leg”.
Goodyear also mentioned that multiple calls were made to sheriff dispatchers reporting that a male and female were injured during the funeral service.
Texas GOP Chairman Steps Down After Sharing Racist MLK Post
Keith Nielsen the chair-elect for the Republican Party in Houston, Texas, Harris County has resigned after racist posts referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as a monkey on social media.
What We Know:
- Nielsen’s resignation comes less than four months on the job. The Texas Tribune reported Nielsen was heavily criticized for posting a meme on Facebook, which took MLK’s popular quote, “Injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere,” juxtaposed with a banana earlier this year.
- After the controversy, Nielson was advised by many high-ranking Republicans in Texas to drop out of the race for office. He continued his pursuit and defeated former party chairman Paul Simpson in March.
- After his victory, Nielson announced on Facebook he would not take office in August days after defending his racial post.
“I have spent my entire adult life supporting conservative candidates and causes and I am grateful for the thousands of supporters who have reached out to me over the last several days.” Nielsen continued, “I regret that I must step aside as Chairman-elect of the Harris County Republican Party and will not be taking office on Aug. 3rd.”
- Nielson continued to hold his position as Chairman well past August and officially quit on his own terms on November 30.
- Nielson was one of several Texas GOP members to post racial remarks in correlation to protests that were prevalent in the state around the time.
The local party’s executive committee will be meeting to pick the new chairman.
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