The New York Times sends its pieces to US government for approval.
This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting Western media outlets as subservient to their respective national governments and militaries.
This claim that the New York Times sends articles to the US government for approval is misleading. The newspaper's "admission" that government officials were approached regarding the details of an ongoing story proves only that its reporters rely on sourcing - a standard and founding practice of investigative journalism.
Moreover, the same officials are not able to modify or retract the details of any story they had been consulted on, given that the New York Times banned quote approval in 2012.