Bari Weiss resigns from New York Times

Jewish columnist accuses NYT of becoming an 'illiberal environment' where dissenting views are not allowed and bullying is tolerated.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

New York Times
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Jewish columnist Bari Weiss has resigned from the New York Times.

The staff writer and editor for the Times Opinion section said that the paper has become an increasingly "illiberal environment," citing bullying from other staff members.

“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor,” Weiss said in a note addressed to Times owner A.G. Sulzberger that was posted on her personal website Tuesday. “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.”

Weiss warned that "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."

Describing the harassment she has experienced at the paper, Weiss wrote: "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."

"Intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times," she warned

Weiss' resignation follows the resignation of former Times Opinion editor James Bennet last month over the decision to publish an Op Ed by Republican Senator Tom Cotton in support of the idea of sending American troops to suppress riots which broke out across the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. A number of Times staffers claimed that the Op Ed promoted violence and made them feel unsafe.

Acting Times opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury said in a statement, “We appreciate the many contributions that Bari made to Times Opinion. I’m personally committed to ensuring that The Times continues to publish voices, experiences and viewpoints from across the political spectrum in the Opinion report. We see every day how impactful and important that approach is, especially through the outsized influence The Times’s opinion journalism has on the national conversation.”