Resignation letter to the New York Times of Bari Weiss

This was powerful enough that it was worth getting out of bed and posting.

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.

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18 Replies to “Resignation letter to the New York Times of Bari Weiss”

  1. Saturday night we went to a birthday party. It was in a part of town that used to be very blue collar but is quickly gentrifying. The blue collar aspect appealed to the communists we were visiting. Now, it is the appreciation of house values that accompany gentrification that appeals to our friends. They fly a big rainbow flag off their porch. They love their house. Funny. People used to fly the maple leaf, or the Stars and Stripes.

    The daughter was talking to the mother sitting on the porch. Someone had put a sandwich baggy in their mail box with a CD and a note. On the CD was burned the Koran. The note explained in bad english how gays were not welcome in society. As the girl read the note out loud, the mother matched every hateful (and I mean hateful as in the underlying message was to eliminate gays etc.) word with islamapologies.

    I momentarily found it hard to breath through my mouth because it was wired shut, then welded with 304 stainless steal, then bolted with grade 4 fine-thread bolts. The mother ended her gentle lesson to her daughter by saying, “…well, you know, all religion is about control…”

    I wondered if our friends received this gift from Islam specifically because of their rainbow flag, or did every house on the street get a copy. Something tells me they were targeted. Something also tells me they are too oblivious, naive, and brainwashed to realize the menacing nature of the person who had put them in their crosshairs. The mother had been going on earlier about how wonderful their neighborhood is, how diverse and inclusive. She said people from all over were moving in. I understood.

    I wonder how different an enlightened Bari Weiss is now, compared to when she signed up three years ago? Yes, things are way worse now, but we’ve been at this much longer than three years. We knew the score then, and we ain’t even no NYT editors and writers. So she, too, crawled in to the belly of the beast to get a paycheque, and the beast spat her out.

    I wonder how long it will be until the tards kick our commie friends out of their beloved neighborhood?

  2. “It’s related to a lot of other problems because people are misinformed.”

    I find myself appalled at how incredibly misinformed the average mainstream media person is and I think it probably is the most of the most important problem today. People think that Donald Trump stood there and said that “All Mexicans are rapists and murderers” and there seems to be no way to get them to stop repeating that lie. They really don’t know what the truth is. They think Benghazi was a “nothing-burger” when it was actually about ten times the size of “Watergate”. And they think that Islam is a religion of peace, sort of like Baha’i only different. And they think all the little children will die if we open the schools before we get a vaccine. They are being lied to so often and with such intensity that they don’t know up from down and have become scattered and confused like the Yellow Vests in France. This is what “gas-lighting” is and also what it is for. Yuri Bezmenov said the people would reach a point where they cannot figure the answer to the simplest question because they are so confused and rattled that they don’t know what to believe anymore…

    • You say “how incredibly misinformed the average mainstream media person is…”
      I must agree with you.

      However, why didn’t you plant a few seeds of knowledge which would lead them to question their beliefs? I do it all the time. These seeds must be subtly sowed into their brain to kick-start their thought processes. No discussion involved, only observations and soft questioning. It is our duty to do so.

      • Oh, I plant seeds… Oh, yes, I plant plenty of seeds. I’m a regular seed-planting kind of guy. In my comment I imply that the Trump quote is erroneous, Benghazi is bigger than they think, Islam is a dangerous religion, and children have nothing to fear from COVID-19. Seems pretty seedy to me… Do you have a five-seed minimum or something? What are you talking about…?

        And in all these years I’ve yet to see proof that any lefty picked up one of those seeds. They just aren’t interested in the truth and they just don’t listen when conservatives speak because they think they are dealing with Nazis and they feel themselves above talking to such ignorant trash. They basically feel they are so much better than you that they don’t even have to look at you much less afford you any courtesy. They basically want you dead and aren’t interested in dialog…

        • OMG !!
          I just replied a few paragraphs and when I clicked ‘reply’, I was answered that I was posting comments too fast. Everything is lost. So sad.

        • My strategy is to never state facts but rather phrase facts as a soft question that leads them to thinking. You will succeed that way.

          People don’t like to be told things. They turn away.

          Re the C19 and kids: Knowing that children are in constant contact with adults, how do you explain that children aren’t infected or died from it?

          Re Islam a religion of peace: How do you explain that their God as well as their ideal man PBUH ordered to spread terror among those who don’t follow them, even people they don’t know? (Sura 8, Verse 60). What other deity ordered something this terrible?

          For Islam, I usually ask: When Islam showed up, the Mid-East was 40% Christian and growing. The rest was Jewish, Zoroastrian and Pagans and whatever else. Today, only 3% Christianity remains. What happened?

          Most people can’t debate Islam, I can. I do it through critical thinking and knowledge of the doctrine. And trust me, within ten minutes, debate is shut down.

          The PRIDE movement: Ask them why so many LGBTs are against it? Ask them why Pride parades are not filled to the brim with multiple tens of thousands of parading LGBTs? Ask them if they know any LGBTs who are against the Pride movement?

          AND always ask questions in a soft tone of voice. They listen.

          • Queens Against Islamophobia might consider watching the video the Muslim Brotherhood hoods are telling Muslims to watch — Spreading LGBT to The Muslim World.

      • The conversations usually goes like this…

        Doing the rounds, are videos about cow urine in indian spices. They also shows products proudly adverising this content, and devout Hindus drinking it straight from the stream.

        The Citizen says “that’s disgusing!”

        I said, why now? Why now, are you seeing these videos?

        They looked blankly.

        I said the Chinese soldiers killed over 20 indians who took down a structure on border-land the Chinese did not own. In response, the Indian government recently banned Chinese phone apps. Do you not then think that the Chinese change-agents are at work here? Using your disgust to cloud your brain, drawing false conclusions about all Indian Products?

        Without a beat, “But it’s disgusting drinking cows urine.”

        .Apart from drinking her milk, they also believe she is holy and her urine has healing properties. Just like Catholics believe holy water does, and muslims their camel’s urine and milk. All not particularly clean sources to drink from, but equally having the same Placebo Effect. They are exactly the same.

        After a complaint that Holy water is real from God-Jesus, the conversation ended.

        There is an IQ level below – or an emotional barter – where demons become real. Hormonally-driven to define Love. And a greed that the World and Heaven is theirs.

    • “People think that Donald Trump stood there and said that “All Mexicans are rapists and murderers” and there seems to be no way to get them to stop repeating that lie.”

      Start with agreeing with them re he did say that Mexico sends us their rapists and murderers. It is true, just look at MS-13. But, did Trump say everybody that crosses the border is a rapist and a murderer? The answer would be NO. Then, ask them why so many Latinos love Trump? Trump did win Florida.

      • Cubans were fruitful and multiplied in Florida, USA.
        De Blasio made a _yuge_ mistake while campaigning there.

        He tried to give stump speech written for communists: Generic Latinos are now POC and therefore commie, right? Like people from Chile are the same as neighbors from Nicaragua, right?

        Security had to rush him out of the room because the audience went from booing to throwing chairs.

        Demonrats don’t understand that Latino culture is still profoundly racist. The ruling class in Latin America is still mainly ethnic European, not indigenous. Most loathe that presumed POC-privilege tag. (Unless they can use it for practical advantage.)

  3. Please read Malcolm Muggeridge’s “Chronicles of Wasted Time.”

    “Chronicles of Wasted Time”
    by Malcolm Muggeridge

    Excerpt from Chronicle I: The Green Stick
    Page 19-20.

    ‘I desire to set before my fellows the likeness of a man in all truth of nature, and that man myself,’ Rousseau begins his Confessions, and then proceeds to construct a vast, serpentine edifice of lies and fantasies. The hazards in the way of telling the truth are, indeed, very great. Seeking it, one can easily become enmeshed in lies; ‘A truth that’s told with bad intent/Beats all the lies you can invent,’ Blake wrote. Every man the centre of his own universe; insensibly, we sub-edit as we go along, to produce headlines, cross-heads, a story line most favorable to our egos. How destructible, alas, is that ego! Thinking to have struck it down once and for all, I find its hissing cobra-head lifted again deathless.

    Yet even so, truth is very beautiful; more so, as I consider, than justice-to-day’s pursuit – which easily puts on a false face. In the nearly seven decades I have lived through, the world has overflowed with bloodshed and explosions whose dust has never had time to settle before others have erupted; all in purportedly just causes. The quest for justice continues, and the weapons and the hatred pile up; but truth was an early casualty. The lies on behalf of which our wars have been fought and our peace treaties concluded! The lies of revolution and of counter-revolution! The lies of advertising, of news, of salesmanship, of politics! The lies of the priest in his pulpit, the professor at his podium, the journalist at his typewriter! The lie stuck like a fish-bone in the throat of the microphone, the hand-held lies of the prowling cameraman! Ignazio Silone told me once how, when he was a member of the old Comintern, some stratagem was under discussion, and a delegate, a newcomer who had never attended before, made the extraordinary observation that if such and such a statement were to be put out, it wouldn’t be true. There was a moment of dazed silence, and then everyone began to laugh. They laughed and laughed until tears ran down their cheeks and the Kremlin walls seemed to shake. The same laugher echoes in every council chamber and cabinet room, wherever two or more are gathered together to exercise authority. It is truth that had died, not God.

    I often wonder how, in such circumstances, it will ever be possible to know anything at all about the people and the happenings of our time. Such masses and masses of documentation! Statistics without end, data of every kind, eye-witness accounts, miles and miles of film. video abounding. Surely out of all this, posterity, if so desiring, will be able to reconstruct us and our lives. But will they?

  4. Our sage Elder adduces critical point:

    Weiss’ letter describes a hostile work environment with very specific, outrageous examples. However, that is not the major reason why she was forced to leave. Weiss had to leave because she literally could not do her job.

    After the Tom Cotton op-ed controversy, where there was a virtual revolt at the NYT resulting in managing opinion editor James Bennett’s ouster, a new policy was implemented at the Times called the “red flag” system, which allows even junior editors to “stop or delay the publication of an article containing a controversial view or position.”

    This truly stupid policy allows any editor to veto the work of any other editor on the op-ed page.

    If a piece is deemed too controversial or microaggressive, it would be stopped or delayed. Editors can now refuse to edit pieces they are assigned, something that would have resulted in being fired not that long ago. The young millennials have essentially taken over the op-ed page and they are so far Left – and have so little regard for tolerating others’ ideas – that the entire op-ed section is a disaster.

    There was another side effect of the policy, though: it ensured that unpopular editors like Bari would be censored. Since she wasn’t liked, any of her co-workers could silence her.

    Suddenly, every single opinion piece that Weiss would spend hours working on with promising writers would be quashed by her coworkers who disliked her. Anything she would write herself would be rejected by the crowd.

    She was drawing a salary but could not do what she was hired to do. And obviously the new woke managing editor who is herself hostile to Zionism was not going to protect the proudly Zionist Weiss from this bullying the way a supervisor in a normal job is supposed to.

    Weiss had no choice but to quit if she ever wanted to be heard again.…

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