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New York Times Editor Quits Amid Claims of Bullying and ‘New McCarthyism’

New York TimesNew York Times op-ed writer and editor Bari Weiss has quit the so-called “paper of record,” alleging in a resignation letter that she was bullied for expressing conservative viewpoints—the very reason she said she was brought on board in the first place.

“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,” Weiss wrote in a letter to the newspaper’s publisher Arthur G. Sulzberger.

She said she was hired three years ago amid a bout of soul-searching at the paper after its “failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election” and an apparent conclusion on the part of the publication’s leadership that the New York Times had missed the mark on what drove people in parts of America.

The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming,” she wrote, calling the opportunity to work towards that goal an honor. Yet in due course, she became increasingly disillusioned, arguing that a “new McCarthyism” had taken hold at the paper, forcing journalists to conform to an ideological “orthodoxy,” with the Twitter mob serving as “its ultimate editor.”

She claimed the paper came to view “truth” not as “a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”

“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,” she wrote.

Weiss claimed she was subjected to “constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views,” alleging that fellow journalists at the New York Times would call her “a Nazi and a racist.”

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

Further, she said her experience was not unique.

“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,” she wrote.

Her letter sparked a flurry of reactions on social media.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a human rights activist and fellow at the Hoover Institute, wrote in a tweet: “The New York Times was once a great paper. Not anymore. It is now held hostage by a small group of censorship terrorists. Yesterday they hounded out James Bennet and today it is Bari Weiss who must leave. Who is next?”

The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog with a focus on reporting liberal media bias, wrote in a tweet: “The @nytimes has proven that their paper does not seek the truth. @bariweiss’ resignation is just the beginning of the downfall of the New York Times.”

The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Rom Ozimek

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2 months ago

Yet another liberal NYT editor consumed by the socialist mob for the sin of NOT BEING SUFFICIENTLY in lock-step with the latest leftist dogma. Aw, such a surprise…NOT!!! It’s not like this woman was a staunch believer in a fair and honest press. She OK’ed hundreds of the most vile, dishonest and disgusting Op Ed’s in her tenure. Her crime was that she didn’t grovel and continuously bow fast enough before the ever-more demanding leftist mob.   This is what happens in all socialist / communist movements. One less then sufficiently enthusiastic response or action in conformity to the latest… Read more »

Mike D
2 months ago

The NYT has never been “a great paper”. They ignored the holocaust of WWII and have always shown a leftist bias (not to be confused with liberal). They have done a great job of promoting themselves over the years. Crossword puzzles and book reviews don’t make a “news” paper great… unbiased reporting does.

R.J. from Arizona
2 months ago

It was on news yesterday that Liberty University has filed 10 million dollar suit against the paper. Good for LU

2 months ago

NYT is in the hip pocket of the socialist liberal left. They never exposed the Clintons or Hillary’s crimes and cover-ups of Bengazi and her computer files. “You mean clean it with a rag?” That comment alone proves what a calculating socialist she is. The New York times is nothing but a rag paper It is not factual or unbiased. It is the mouthpiece of the socialist democrats.

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Stephen Russell
2 months ago

How wide spread is this in leftist media: IE Twitter, FB, LA Times, WaPo, Salon, etc etc A-Z
Any more care to resign?? See Lara Logan on Fox Nation as model, Need more
I say sue NYT for abuses alone.

David Spade
2 months ago

So the liberal left are starting to “eat” their own. When the NYT and others in their diminished class stray so far from their mission, it’s no wonder that they disenfranchise themselves from a legitimate news organization. Their marching orders are given by the Marxist left in concert with the Democrat hierarchy to the detriment of one who reads their garbage.

2 months ago

I didn’t know the NYT had hired a conservative. Not surprising that it didn’t last. It won’t be long after November that the NYT will be placed on top of the trash heap of history.

2 months ago

No tears shed for this Liberal lackey who I assume wouldn’t move far enough left to save her job. But no problem, I won’t be surprised that she’ll get another such position on another U.S. Pravda publication! I know she’ll just love the weather here in Progressively Communist California.

2 months ago

To understand WAPO and NY Times, you have to remember they were both in bankruptcy and saved by liberals. Jeff Bezos personally bought WAPO and a consortium headed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim bought The NY Times. Carlos is not majority owner but he is the largest single shareholder. In essence, The NY Times isn’t even an American newspaper.
Since those ownership changes they have increasingly hired radical editors.

Jane E. Walters
2 months ago

The ongoing trend of reporting opinions in place of or on top of facts is disturbing.
Thank you for attempting to return to free speech, open discussion, and the idea that sharing on opposing point of view is not “hate speech.”

2 months ago

All of the major cities so called newspapers are all communist fronts and wants nothing more than to over throw the government but first and foremost is to get Trump and make sure he is not in no way re-elected for a 2nd term!

2 months ago

I guess NYTimes as we know it is gone, long been gone. Whereas a paper is supposed to report the news for the reader to come to their own conclusion, it now makes up the conclusion themselves. Have stopped reading the paper long time ago.

2 months ago

The NYT is only good for bird cage lining. It’s already full of crap and more on the outside is all it’s good for.

2 months ago

It’s common knowledge, or it should be anyway, that the New York Times abandoned bonafide news decades ago. They embraced the left wing narrative and never looked back. If the journalists and editors don’t conform, as in this case, they become persona non grata and are forced off of the NYT staff. The Times is not a newspaper, it is a myopic views-paper, the preeminent bully-pulpit for the leftists. You’d better conform if you want to work for the Times.

Melinda Alicia Ellison
2 months ago

Somewhat like sheep in a pasture… They hear the ‘loud noise’ at the far end of the pasture… Then, they stampede their way to the cliff!!… The ‘Witch Hunt’ begins; running, shouting, destroying, and accusing!… Actually, animals on a farm behave more intelligently. Its a phenomena!

Patriot Will
2 months ago

Bari Weiss is actually a political moderate, not a political conservative. She was hired because the NY Times was too removed from the political pulse of our country. However, the NY Times is so full of hate for President Trump and the actual political pulse of our country that the paper is incapable of controlling its sarcastic and demeaning treatment of the very person who was hired to help improve the paper. Bari Weiss wrote a very powerful resignation, that tells it like it is. As for the New York Times, I will never read anything that comes from its… Read more »

Sid Stringer
2 months ago

It Seems to me New York has been completely taken over by any and all anti Americanism possible.

2 months ago

The New York Times needs to grow a set of 🎾🎾 and start telling the truth and quit catering to the left and the Democrats. If they continue to follow the media herd then people should not buy or read what they have to say. How the once mighty fall. What a shame this woman had to find out the hard way. She should join a paper that will respect her work.

2 months ago

Maybe…. just Maybe this will open her mind to a more level headed way of thinking. She could become a fashionable TRUTH seeking journalists!

2 months ago

Good for her. I am sure she will be called upon by any other more worthy newspaper.

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