Famed 'newspaper of record' savaged by departing editor

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

New York Times buildingAn editor at The New York Times, hired to help the liberal newspaper reach more conservative readers, has quit but she did not go quietly out the door.

In an exit letter addressed to A.G. Sulzberger, the Times publisher, Bari Weiss also gave the public a first-hand look at her experience at the influential newspaper, where she was brought on after the 2016 election to bring more conservative voices to the op-ed pages. Such views were not welcomed, she alleges, because the newsroom has been corrupted by reporters and editors who believe “truth” is an “orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”  

Weiss, who is Jewish and a political centrist, also described her clash with “enlightened” colleagues angered by her personal views:

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name.”

That same paragraph went on to allege co-workers described the editor as a “liar and a bigot” on social media but knew they would not be punished for doing so.

Upset over senator's op-ed  

Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, says the left-wing bias at the Times is well-documented, so it is telling that an editor who is not conservative was treated so terribly for her politics.

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“This goes to a complete and utter lack of any kind of professionalism,” he says, “that you would show toward a fellow colleague who works in your office.”

Weiss' decision to hit the exit doors can likely be traced to June, when the Times published an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton that enraged the newsroom and forced James Bennet, the editorial page editor, to resign. 

Sen. Cotton's op-ed called for President Trump to use the armed forces to put an end to street riots and the newspaper, under pressure to do so, issued an apology for publishing the commentary. 

Responding to the newsroom anger via Twitter, Weiss described a "civil war" between the young "woke" reporters and older liberals, and staff members reacted angrily to her description of them.

Social media defends Weiss  

Soon after Weiss published the resignation letter, the same social media that Times colleagues used to attack and mock her was being used in her defense.

Kay James, president of The Heritage Foundation, praised Weiss for reminding the public that the “mob can’t tolerate a diversity of viewpoints.”

Bari Weiss NYTNational Review editor Rich Lowry pointed out the same newsroom that predicted President Trump would bring fascism to America “implemented their own exquisite system of thought control.”

If someone such as Bari Weiss feels she can’t work at the Times, wrote Andrew Yang, the Democrat who ran for the nomination, “they should make some real changes over there.”

The Times predictably responded to Weiss and her resignation letter with a statement.

“We’re committed to fostering an environment of honest, searching and empathetic dialogue between colleagues,” a spokeswoman said, “one where mutual respect is required of all.”

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