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Bari Weiss Resignation Letter
It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.
I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. 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. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper's failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn't have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.
I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.
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. 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.
Bari Weiss on ’How to Fight Anti-Semitism' | Jewish Chronicle |
The Atlantic and NY Times' Normalization of the Alt-Right | Tikun Olam - April 2018 |
Both Jeffrey Goldberg, elevated a little over a year ago to managing editor of The Atlantic, and his predecessor and mentor, James Bennet, now the NY Times op-ed page editor, have embarked on a process of normalizing the alt-right, via hiring its devotés to grace their respective pages.
The latest instance is Goldberg's hiring of the deeply misogynist, Kevin Williamson. In the pages of The National Review and his own tweets he's advocated the execution (by hanging) of any woman who's ever had an abortion and the doctors and nurses who performed them.
The addition of Williamson as a contributor indicates the normalization of alt-right hate in the pages of what were once considered liberal publications. Under the guise of seeking "diversity," both Goldberg and Bennet have hired a woman-hater, a climate denier, and "unwoke" feminist hasbara hack (Williamson, Bret Stephens, and Bari Weiss, respectively).
Some of these hires, while not identified with the alt-Right, have a soft spot in their heart for the world's repressive regimes, including Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both Stephens and Bari Weiss are proud members of the journalist-wing of the Israel Lobby. Their columns regularly offer hasbara to the readers of the Times. Similarly, Goldberg himself recently did one of his infamous puff interviews with none other than Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ibn Salman. The latter has been on a world tour and charm offensive designed to introduce himself on the world stage.
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