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Old 07-14-2020, 06:03 PM   #1
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Bari Weiss's Resignation Letter from the NYT

I thought this deserved it's own thread so it wouldn't get lost in the sauce of any of the other threads it could have been posted in.

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Dear A.G.,

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.

I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.

I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.

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.

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. 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.

There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong.

OPT Comment: She doesn't have to be a legal expert. I just had to do a 4 hour on line training session at work about "harassment", and the issues she cites, if true, are absolutely examples of "bullying", "hostile work environment", etc. If she can verify these claims, she can sue the NYT's ass off.

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.

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.

Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it. If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.

It took the paper two days and two jobs to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards.” We attached an editor’s note on a travel story about Jaffa shortly after it was published because it “failed to touch on important aspects of Jaffa’s makeup and its history.” But there is still none appended to Cheryl Strayed’s fawning interview with the writer Alice Walker, a proud anti-Semite who believes in lizard Illuminati.

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. 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.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry.

Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.

All this bodes ill, especially for independent-minded young writers and editors paying close attention to what they’ll have to do to advance in their careers. Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.

For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper.

None of this means that some of the most talented journalists in the world don’t still labor for this newspaper. They do, which is what makes the illiberal environment especially heartbreaking. I will be, as ever, a dedicated reader of their work. But I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do—the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”

Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing. Above all, they must be backed by people willing to live by them.

Sincerely,

Bari
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Old 07-14-2020, 06:42 PM   #2
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Agree.

Thanks.

Was gonna do the same, but had already started a couple.


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I think most of us already knew this about the Times, she just put pen to paper and made it clear for everyone to see. I hope she can find work somewhere that will actually let her do her job the way it's supposed to be done.
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Thanks for sharing this.

Not news to us or to half of the country, at least, and not exclusive to the NYT, either...you can throw in WaPo and several other publications, as well as almost all of the MSM.

Diversity of thought and opinion and independent thinking is not just discouraged, it is censored and blacklisted.

Thoughtcrime will not be tolerated.
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Thanks for sharing this.



Not news to us or to half of the country, at least, and not exclusive to the NYT, either...you can throw in WaPo and several other publications, as well as almost all of the MSM.



Diversity of thought and opinion and independent thinking is not just discouraged, it is censored and blacklisted.



Thoughtcrime will not be tolerated.


Out of curiosity , do right wing sites like the Washington Times and Just the News have anyone who isn’t a Trump supporter? Seems like they are one-note sites as well.
Just an observation.


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Out of curiosity , do right wing sites like the Washington Times and Just the News have anyone who isn’t a Trump supporter? Seems like they are one-note sites as well.
Just an observation.


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Just my observation. I don’t see CNN proclaiming anything remotely close to this:


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I saw a youtube clip from Joe Rogan on Tulsi Gabbard, that she was on. I am having a hard time mustering any sympathy for her.
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I saw a youtube clip from Joe Rogan on Tulsi Gabbard, that she was on. I am having a hard time mustering any sympathy for her.
Killery sabotaged her.

I’m hope she can sue her ass off.
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Are you seriously comparing the bias of the NYT and WaPo to the bias of the Washington Times and Just the News? You realize that the New York Times was founded in 1851, the Washington Post 1877 while the Washington Times was founded in 1982 and Just the News just this year? You also must realize that they (WaPo and NYT) spent nearly a century or more respectively establishing a positive reputation for honest journalism only to piss it all away these past several decades by their collective far left turn and passing off Opinion/Editorial content and borderline yellow journalism as facts?

Simply put publications, editorialists and talk shows and hosts like the Washington Times, Just the News, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson and the like wouldn't skew so far right (or for some even exist) if the high profile national fish-wrap and broadcast/cable news and opinion shows didn't skew so far left. Basically, one created the other.
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More bad news for NYT:

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The civil suit, filed in a Circuit Court in Lynchburg, asks for $10.35 million in damages over the allegations, which stem from a late-March article published in The Times shortly after the university partially reopened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Liberty argues that the newspaper "intentionally misrepresented" the situation at school by suggested its reopening led to a wave of coronavirus infections on the campus.

The suit claims the paper's reporter, Elizabeth Williamson, incorrectly reported the comments of an on-campus doctor and failed to take "basic journalistic steps" to verify the information she alleged in her story. The reporter also "did not even try to make a meaningful inquiry of Liberty itself," the suit argues.

The complaint also alleges one count of civil trespass against the defendants – including including local photographer Julia Rendleman – arguing that they violated the school's no-trespassing policy while covering the story.

The school, which says it has sustained "enormous harm to its business and reputation" as a result of the article, is seeking a $10 million settlement plus an additional $350,000 in "punitive damages" and "attorney's fees."

The school's president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., told Just the News in May that the university planned to "fight" the New York Times, "and they're not gonna get away with it, I promise."
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Bari Weiss’s Arc Represents The Media’s Failed Pivot After 2016

Donald Trump's election has indeed proven to be a turning point for the press. The industry, however, pivoted 180 degrees in the wrong direction and lost all ability to turn back.

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The saga of Bari Weiss’s tortured tenure at The New York Times neatly encapsulates a much broader problem. Donald Trump’s election has indeed proven to be a turning point for the press. The industry, however, pivoted 180 degrees in the wrong direction and lost all ability to turn back.

Media bias long predates Trump’s political career. Conflicted about his presidency, I remember waking up on Nov. 9, 2016, thinking it would at least shock the press into a course correction. If the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” defeating a former secretary of state in a presidential election couldn’t persuade the media to do better, nothing could. That formulation is, at least, still accurate.

At the time, most signs pointed to improvement. When Weiss, a centrist by any fair standard, resigned from the Times on Tuesday, she reflected on joining the paper three years ago in a letter to the publisher. “I was hired,” Weiss wrote, “with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages… The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions.”

Baquet was hardly alone back in 2016, when the shell-shocked corporate media briefly flirted with the concept of acquainting itself with the rest of the country. There were long-overdue admissions of coastal bias and insularity aplenty—and from some of the top offenders. “Since Tuesday night, there has been a lot of handwringing about how the media, with all its fancy analytics, failed to foresee Donald Trump’s victory,” John Cassidy observed in The New Yorker. Trump, wrote Chris Cillizza, had “proven that the political polling and punditry industries need a deep re-examination.”

Brian Stelter himself cited, “Groupthink. Acela corridor bias, which is a specific subset of liberal media bias. Some wishful thinking. A failure of imagination,” as explanations for the media’s failure in a Nov. 10 interview. “This was a rural roar, and journalists on the coasts had a hard time hearing it,” Stelter said. Flash forward to 2020 and a purportedly objective anchor at his own network laughed along as a guest mocked Trump supporters as “credulous Boomer rubes.”

The corporate media’s interest in self-reflection turned out to be fleeting, and gradually gave way to a growing Smart Person consensus on the evils of “bothsidesism.”

“In the Trump era, ‘both sides’ (or ‘bothsidesism’) has become shorthand for a journalistic philosophy that many media critics consider to be broken, especially in its Democrat v. Republican iteration,” a writer for the Columbia Journalism Review explained last December. “Its rules, critics say, make things that aren’t the same seem the same, and allow bad actors to launder disinformation.”

This is the progressive-or-bigot binary we’ve written so much about in recent weeks. (I traced the academic roots of the phenomenon in a lecture here.) Weiss’s colleagues relentlessly targeted her until she resigned because even a bisexual Jewish centrist falls into the bigot category should she question leftist dogma.

This explains the backlash to the Harper’s letter last week. It explains the breathless attacks on J.K. Rowling. It explains white protesters shouting at black police officers. It explains the uproar over Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) column in the Times last month. It explains Andrew Sullivan’s departure from New York magazine this week. It explains why a Boeing executive revealed to have penned an op-ed against women in combat 30 years ago was pushed to resign.

Finally, it explains the elite backlash over “bothsidesism.” When one side is bigoted, why should they be given a platform that effectively legitimizes their ideas as perspectives within the range of reasonable beliefs? When the definitions of terms like racism and white supremacy are expanded to encompass 90 percent of the population, their ideological leanings will necessarily come to have no representation in the media.

The resultant left-on-left and left-on-conservative-strawman debates are 1) counterproductive and 2) will send more and more people to shows like Joe Rogan’s, where Weiss is a repeat guest.

“Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” Weiss argued in her resignation letter. To be clear, she was not fired. But she was absolutely subjected to regular public and private attacks from colleagues.

It’s actually a wonder Weiss lasted as long as she did. Under Trump, the media has gone from grave concessions of coastal bias to open embraces of it. On the Federalist Radio Hour in March, Times columnist Ross Douthat attributed the intensified panic endemic in media institutions to what he describes as the “emergency spirit of the Trump era that pervades upper-middle class liberalism.”

Things have only gotten worse. That’s not just internal media chatter masquerading as news of national importance, it’s a terrifying reality about the public’s primary access point to our politics.

All this is to say, in my naïveté four long years ago, I was at least right about one thing. If the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” defeating a former secretary of state in a presidential election can’t persuade the media to do better, nothing will.

The only path forward is for the corporate press to drop entirely its pretense of objectivity and level with readers. These are outlets for the cultural left and fiscal center. As Weiss’s resignation underscores, it is now impossible for them to be anything else.

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. You can follow her on Twitter @emilyjashinsky .
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Are you seriously comparing the bias of the NYT and WaPo to the bias of the Washington Times and Just the News? You realize that the New York Times was founded in 1851, the Washington Post 1877 while the Washington Times was founded in 1982 and Just the News just this year? You also must realize that they (WaPo and NYT) spent nearly a century or more respectively establishing a positive reputation for honest journalism only to piss it all away these past several decades by their collective far left turn and passing off Opinion/Editorial content and borderline yellow journalism as facts?

Simply put publications, editorialists and talk shows and hosts like the Washington Times, Just the News, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson and the like wouldn't skew so far right (or for some even exist) if the high profile national fish-wrap and broadcast/cable news and opinion shows didn't skew so far left. Basically, one created the other.
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