'New York Times Has No Place for Centrists Views', Is Bari Weiss Playing Victim, or Has the Gray Lady Been Too Biased?

Published July 15th, 2020 - 06:57 GMT
'New York Times Has No Place for Centrists Views', Is Bari Weiss Playing Victim, or Has the Gray Lady Been Too Biased?
The acting editor of the NYT responded saying that they "welcome articles and opinions from all political spectrum" (AlBawaba)

Posting her registration letter online, New York Times columnist and op-ed writer Bari Weiss cited an "illiberal and toxic environment" in the liberal newspaper's offices, saying that her colleagues have repeatedly been "bullying" her based on her "centrist opinions."

The journalist, who joined the NYT in 2017 after leaving the Wall Street Journal, said that her opinions weren't received well by most colleagues who often called her "a Nazi and racist." 

Publishing her resignation letter online triggered an online debate on whether the New York Times "has been too biased and intolerant of centrist views" according to Weiss' claims.

"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," Weiss' resignation letter stated.

The columnist added, "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."

Responding to Weiss' resignation, the acting editor of the NYT responded saying that they "welcome articles and opinions from all political spectrum."

Last month, Editorial Page Editor James Bennett resigned from the paper after publishing a controversial op-ed by US Senator Tom Cotton in which he called for "US troops to be deployed to cities where Black Lives Matter protests were organized." 

Online reactions were varied as conservative voices expressed solidarity with Weiss, saying that the paper has for the last few years allowed very limited room for non-liberal voices, which is not what the NYT stands for.

Meanwhile, some commentators argued that Weiss claims that she's a centrist while her views show a greater tendency to far-right-wing, often unwelcome by liberal journals. Some even argued that the newspaper is actually welcoming of all voices expect progressive left-wing ones, such as pro-Bernie Sanders views.

Some Twitter users also went on to accuse Weiss of "playing the victim" saying that "a journalist should expect harsh criticism and know how to deal with it," adding that Weiss "probably couldn't handle being in an environment of dialogue and challenging views that she considered it bullying."

Other voices expected that Weiss was facing harsh comments from her Black counterparts "because her latest views were critical of Black Lives Matter."


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