“Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” wrote New York Times Opinion Editor Bari Weiss in an open letter to the paper’s publisher A.G. Sulzberger on Monday. “It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.”
It was with those words that Weiss became the latest, and perhaps highest-profile, casualty of the left’s ever-present cancel culture. The progressive movement has become relentlessly and hopelessly toxic, and it is infecting everything from the television we watch to the universities we attend. All-but-powerless against President Trump, Republicans, conservative publications, and writers who know better than to bow before the mob, this poisonous SJW revolution instead focuses most of its energy on the people and institutions it knows will buckle: Liberal America, in other words.
To that end, Weiss has been one of its most commonly-targeted enemies. While not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination, Weiss has spent the last three years at the Times criticizing leftist groupthink, the increasing hatred of free speech on the left, and the mob’s utter intolerance for diversity of thought.
This week, not long after she watched the NY Times’ Chief Opinion Page Editor resign because he had published an op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton, triggering an all-out revolt from the paper’s woke staff, Weiss decided she’d seen enough.
Weiss noted that she had been hired in 2017 by a New York Times that understood that its “failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers.”
“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,” Weiss wrote. “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.”
Weiss said that the paper needed to grow a backbone – and soon.
“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times,” she said.
At least one other liberal in the mainstream pundit circle found power, if not hope, in Weiss’s resignation letter.
“As a longtime reader who has in recent years read the paper with increasing dismay over just the reasons outlined here, I hope this letter finds receptive ears at the paper. But for the reasons outlined here, I doubt it,” tweeted HBO’s Bill Maher.
Yeah. So do we.