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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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Anthony
5 months ago

Is there any newspaper worth reading in this country. Most smaller papers have been bought by bigger companies that control them.
Is there any major media (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) that reports an unbiased opinion? The major networks continue to encourage demonstrations and protests in this country. They promote hatred and racism.

Mark Wayne Altwegg
5 months ago

Not surprising, it only reinforces the fact that the NYT is blatantly left wing and seeks to squash any and all points of view, even fact-based that don’t toe their line of thought. May as well be called Tass West.

Joe Austin
5 months ago

Freedom of expression is not allowed by liberals because the truth conflicts with their point of view.

kate
5 months ago

Whatever else this woman did or didn’t do before her departure, her resignation letter in its entirety was an epic, clear, thorough assessment of what’s wrong the the American press and the American political dialogue. It’s about time she caught on, and I think it’s a positive thing that it was so well expressed and – at last- widely read. I am surprised that it wasn’t suppressed by the rest of our so-called free press.

kate
5 months ago

 

BruceM
5 months ago

The answer here folks is easy….don’t read it! If you’re doing an online search and one of the ‘hits’ is an article from the NYT, don’t click on it.

Brenda Blunt
5 months ago

The truth doesn’t seem to matter to big time newspapers or media in general these days. How very sad. The individual should be the one to determine how to think for themselves instead of the media telling the person how to think.

Dr. Cissero
5 months ago

The New York Times has always been a left wing publication, in the mid 1950’s it supported Fidel Castro with pro Castro propaganda written by Columnist Herbert Matthews so much that President Eisenhower bought into Castro as a “reformer”. How did that work out?
 

Steve
5 months ago

This lady probably wants to work for a “non-rag” publication. Good luck to her. Is leaving the NYT unusual ? I would’nt think so.
I would think that dozens leave every day. This is the toilet paper that denied that the Holycaust occurred in the ’40’s. Does anyone on
this blog know anyone who subscribes to this “product” ? I don’t. Its sad that the NYT didnt realize 30 years ago that its time is up.

Steve
5 months ago

xxx

Lorey
5 months ago

Bari u don’t have 2 worry your a bigger man then all the men working 4 the new joke times. So i guess what I’m getting at role changing it fits the bi-itch men perfectly

Jim
5 months ago

Evil indeed does eat its own . Get in line or else!

Bill Brown
5 months ago

Today, with few exceptions, the Humanists have achieved their goal (began in approximately 1825) of making Public Schools mandatory and the government brainwashing Children into believing the lies of Socialism and Communism.  The marxist/engelist lies have been crammed into our Children who no longer have the protections of Christian Principles.  IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, find an alternative to Public Education.  It destroys individual thinking!!  Charter and Parochial Schools can be OK but Home Education is best although it may require lifestyle changes.  EACH OF US MUST CHOOSE!  “IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN…”

Bill Brown
5 months ago

Anyone watching CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC National News and Local News, are being BRAINWASHED!!!  Almost nothing but LIES, DECEIT, and PROPOGANDA!!  Includes almost half of FOX News Broadcasts.  Turn-off Mainstream News!!!!!

Bill Brown
5 months ago

Americans, we are in the middle of a Communist Revolution!!  Stand-up for America!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Drue
5 months ago

I actually am glad that Weiss resigned. It exposes the NYT for what it is; a leftist, liberal-run rag. At one time, we had great newspapers in this country. Today we have hate-filled propaganda rags masquerading as news outlets. I no longer believe anything I read in most newspapers. R.I.P. NYT. You deserve what you have sown.

LauraC
5 months ago

Why are we still calling these people the media? Most of these rags are just Communists with pens. So much for their Constitutional mandate to keep the government honest. Any kind of honesty is a thing of the past. Propaganda is all we can hope to see from them.

Donald Lau
5 months ago

Very interesting..always wonder if their were any conservative report at the times…

Chuck
5 months ago

Does George Soros own and dictate to the NYT?

Bob Pritchett
6 months ago

The media today is not honest in the attempt to report the news, they are more interested in ratings and in selling “fish wrappers”. In my opinion the reporters take things at face value, “spice it up” for ratings and publish it. Also the media appears to be in the “hip pocket” of the left wing as much of what is reported is clearly slanted towards the left. If one reads the Federalist Papers and then reads what is published today and compares the depth of thought then vs now it is clear than not a lot of thought is given to issues today. It is sad and is a result of the dumbing down of our society.