New York Times opinion editor and writer Bari Weiss has resigned from the paper. In a blistering resignation letter, she tabled the abuse she was subjected to and the paper’s liberal culture.
Weiss posted the resignation letter to her website on Tues. July 14, citing the “unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge” she had to deal with at the New York Times (NYT), in an “illiberal environment.”
She mentioned being a victim of “constant bullying by colleagues.” Weiss maintains she became a target because her political views were different from her work colleagues.
“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,” said the ex-NYT columnist and editor.
Weiss continued, “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.”
The NYT staff have been fighting among themselves, as was evident in June when Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed called for the deployment of U.S. military troops to “restore order” after protests turned violent over the death of black man George Floyd while in custody.
Weiss described the battle as being between “(mostly young) wokes” and “(mostly 40+) liberals,” reported the Daily Caller.
The civil war inside The New York Times between the (mostly young) wokes the (mostly 40+) liberals is the same one raging inside other publications and companies across the country. The dynamic is always the same. (Thread.)
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) June 4, 2020
In her resignation letter, Weiss explained: “As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space.
“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. … What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity.”
Bari added, “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.”
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called out The New York Times after Weiss published her letter.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) July 14, 2020