NY Times editor recuses from 2020 coverage after his brother joins the race

NY Times editor recuses from 2020 coverage after his brother joins the race
© Greg Nash

The New York Times announced on Thursday that editorial page editor James Bennet has recused himself from coverage of the 2020 presidential election after his brother, Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet Biden proposes 0B housing plan Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan MORE (Colo.), entered the Democratic primary on Thursday.

James Bennet “will not discuss, assign or edit any editorials, Op-Eds, columns or other opinion pieces focused on candidates or major issues in the campaign,” the Times said in its Thursday announcement.  

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James Bennet has been the Times’s editorial page editor since 2016 after several years at The Atlantic as its president and editor-in-chief. 

The paper also noted that James Bennet was not involved in any editorial decisions regarding his brother prior to Thursday’s announcement. 

The Colorado senator launched his presidential bid Thursday morning on "CBS This Morning." The 54-year-old self-described centrist joins a crowded primary field of more than 20 contenders for the party’s nomination. 

"My plan is to run for president," Michael Bennet said, adding that he would focus on restoring opportunities for Americans and integrity in government.

“I think this country faces two enormous challenges,” he added. “One is a lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans, and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.”

“If we continue to go down the path we’re going — and this isn’t just about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE, it’s about the politics that existed before he got there ... we’re going to be the first generation of Americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the next generation.”