By Duncan Smith
Bari Weiss, the independent/conservative opinion page writer at the New York Times, is leaving the paper, but not before she delivered a scathing rebuke of the ‘paper of record’s’ left-wing intolerance.
She made public a letter she sent to publisher A.G. Sulzberger, noting that “after the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the paper hired her as part of an effort to understand the perspective of American citizens who didn't share the paper's views,” The Daily Wire reported.
She cited numerous voices she brought to the paper during her tenure, including several who denounced brutal, tyrannical regimes.
Then, she ripped the Times for its lack of commitment to editorial diversity:
But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn't a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.
Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.
Reflective of the intolerance, she adds that “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. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.'
Weiss then takes aim at Sulzberger: “I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper's entire staff and the public. And I certainly can't square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.'
'The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people,” she continued.
“This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its 'diversity'; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.'
You can read the full letter here.
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