On July 14, 2020, a noted opinion editor and writer, Bari Weiss, resigned from The New York Times. In an open letter to the NYT publisher, she blasted the paper for constant bullying by colleagues and claimed that many of her former colleagues at NYT say that “‘new McCarthyism’ that has taken root at the paper.”
Bari Weiss’s letter is full of accusations serious enough to take down any newspaper. That they are leveled against a paper that is held in such high regard in certain circles is truly amazing…nay, shocking!
Here are some selected quotes from her eloquent letter:
“…a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper [NYT]: 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.”
“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.”
“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 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.”