May 3, 2021

CNN’s Brian Stelter interviewed New York Times editorial page editor Kathleen Kingsbury on Sunday and asked if changing the name of “op-eds” to “guest essays” had anything to do with some of the controversies involving the Times’ Opinion section last year, such as the editor James Bennet stepping down or Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed that drew intense pushback from staff or columnist Bari Weiss resigning from the section.

Kingsbury said no, that the change in name was long overdue.

Meanwhile, what is the role of an Opinion section these days?

Kingsbury told Stelter, “What we are trying to do every day — our news pages are showing the world as it is. Our opinion pages are really trying to tell our readers how the world can and, perhaps, should be.”

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