Yeah, there are a few in there, Mr. Rubenstein responded, adding an emoji of a frowning face.
Mr. Scales objected again in the Opinion sections Slack channel shortly after it was published online, calling the Op-Ed highly inappropriate. At the time he was unaware that the essay had already appeared online, he said in an interview.
Mr. Rubenstein referred a request for comment to a spokeswoman, who did not reply to inquiries.
In a video meeting of the opinion department on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Bennet and James Dao, the deputy editorial page editor, acknowledged that there had been a breakdown in the process of preparing the essay for publication, according to four people who attended it. The editors said that the article had been fact-checked, but added that they would fact-check it again. Mr. Dao did not reply to a request for comment.
Mr. Baquet, the executive editor, who oversees the news division, which is run separately from the opinion department, said he heard from a number of reporters and editors who believed that the Op-Ed did not meet the standards of The Times.
When my newsroom is agitated, I respond to that, he said.
He acknowledged that some readers might not be aware of the wall separating the news and opinion departments. He said he first saw the Op-Ed when it was posted online.
Ive had very sophisticated people say to me, I had no idea that opinion and news were separate, he said, adding, I dont think weve always done the best job in the world explaining that to people and making the distinction.
Mr. Baquet declined to comment on the substance of the Op-Ed, but said he agreed with those who believe the opinion section should include a wide range of views.
In the days leading up to the Op-Eds publication, Mr. Cotton called for military action against what he saw as violent protests in a series of tweets. In one he called for No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters. Giving no quarter to enemy combatants is considered a war crime in modern international conflicts, under a statute of the International Criminal Court.