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Jul 15 2020

Bari Weiss Reveals New York Times Fanaticism and Intolerance

Fanaticism and intolerance are not a healthy combination. Just how fanatical and viciously intolerant is the ideological climate at the self-styled “Paper of Record”? If you really want to know, ask Bari Weiss:

New York Times opinion columnist and editor Bari Weiss announced Tuesday she is leaving the Gray Lady, saying she was bullied by colleagues in an “illiberal environment,” weeks after declaring there was a “civil war” inside the paper.

The civil war occurred when opinion editor James Bennet was forced out for allowing a piece by sitting US Senator Tom Cotton to run.

Weiss published a scathing resignation letter that she sent to Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger on her personal website, noting she doesn’t understand how toxic behavior is allowed inside the newsroom and “showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.”

If you have worked recently for the New York Times and call yourself a “centrist,” that means you are left of center, but stop short of wanting America erased and white people exterminated. The Jewish Chronicle describes Weiss as a bisexual feminist.

The outcome of the 2016 election did not compute at the New York Times, demonstrating that it “didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers.” Weiss had hoped to alleviate this problem.

“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,” Weiss wrote. “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.”

Liberals don’t get information from the Gray Lady. They get marching orders.

Weiss laments the death of professional journalism at the Times:

“I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history,” she wrote. “Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.”

In other words, journalism has been replaced by propaganda.

Weiss reports that she was subjected to “constant bullying by colleagues” for her “forays into Wrongthink.”

“They have called me a Nazi and a racist,” she wrote.

Weiss had her bat mitzvah at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a maniac went on an anti-Semitic killing spree in 2018. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t a Nazi. Anyone who fails to remain in 100% compliance with the current extreme edge of leftism is a Nazi according to the moonbats running the Times.

Colleagues perceived to be friendly with her were “badgered.” To be nice to a thought criminal is to be a thought criminal, according to the liberal dogma of repressive tolerance.

She knows this isn’t just about her:

“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.”

What happens when the whole country is reduced through censorship and cancel culture to an echo chamber like the New York Times, purged of dissident and even moderate thought? Where will people like Bari Weiss go then?

If history is any guide, there will be a knock on their door in the middle of the night, and they will never be heard from again.

For now, you can still read her resignation letter here.

On tips from Varla and Rapinhoe.

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