... who agree that the New York Times has no responsibility nor duty to publish Tom Cotton.
The senator has plenty of ways to make his views known. The Times does no service to anyone by publishing him.
Opinion Editor Bennet's claim that the paper "owes it to our readers to show them counter-arguments" is valid in the abstract, but not valid in the specific case here, where, as Bennet himself documents, the counter-argument in question is in fact "made by people in a position to set policy."
The media serve no purpose when they are the empty mouthpiece of the state. The state already have the ability to show their arguments. A respectable Opinion Editor of a respectable paper should certainly know that.