Journalist Bari Weiss just resigned from the newspaper formerly known as New York Times. And if you read anything today, let it be her resignation letter.
Because this isn’t just a resignation letter.
It’s Lexington and Concord.
It’s the opening shots at Fort Sumter.
It is the MOAB of resignation letters.
Now, Bari Weiss isn’t exactly a MAGA-hat-wearing conservative. If anything, she is center/left. But even she is too far right for the toddlers running the New York Times. And, sadly, they’ve made her life a living hell.
Here’s just some of Bari Weiss’ resignation letter which she helpfully released to the public via her website:
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.
Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. 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. 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.
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.
You really should read every single word of this.
This resignation letter belongs in the Smithsonian. Hell, go all out and create a twenty foot copy that can be read from the parking lot.
In this one letter, I think Bari Weiss is doing far more good than the hundred-plus “intellectuals” who signed on to that tepid open letter at Harper’s.
I mean, she just drop-kicks them.
The only way it could’ve been even more epic is if she nailed the letter to the door of the NYT like Martin Luther in Wittenberg.
The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.
Now, do I think the New York Times will take a step back, self-assess and recalibrate because Bari Weiss dropped this MOAB on them?
From what Ms. Weiss has written here, self-reflection and recalibration are not on the menu at the Times.
In fact, I think it’s more likely that the Woke Toddlers that run the joint will high-five each other that they finally got rid of the troublesome adult who threatened their safe space.
Given what she wrote in this resignation letter, I find it all manner of ironic that Bari Weiss is currently trending on Twitter. It’s just chef’s kiss perfect.
One thing’s for sure, this letter currently going viral on the NYT’s “ultimate editor” Twitter is a great big black eye for the once important Gray Lady.
Frankly, the New York Times deserves to implode. Its slow slide into unreadability has become a rapid descent into irrelevance.
If there is any justice in the world, Bari Weiss, and not the NYT, will be the one landing on her feet.
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