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 BennetCotton mocks NY Times over claim of nonpartisanship, promises to submit op-eds as test Democrats sense momentum for expanding child tax credit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' 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.  


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 TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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.”