Many liberal journalists ignored the fiery departure of New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss, some even mocking the writer for the open letter he had written to the newspaper editor.
While many conservatives rallied behind Weiss after she published the letter detailing the abuse she faced from her Times colleagues and how the Twitter mob “had become their primary editor” of the newspaper, members of The mainstream media were not as concerned, some even mocked her.
“I don’t know what a Bari Weiss is. It sounds like a type of flower,” MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake reacted. “But have you heard about the raging global pandemic that is killing hundreds of Americans every day, and that demands that we all pay attention and do our part to help keep our friends and neighbors safe?”
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“That’s, um, a way to quit a job,” joked Daily Beast policy editor Sam Stein.
He later rejected the suggestion that Weiss’s departure from the Times indicates a decline in journalism.
“Seeing many people say that the resignation of Bari Weiss exposes the roots of the disappearance of American journalism. I would suggest that hedge funds buy and destroy retail outlets across the country and the massive tech giants that absorb all advertising revenue. they are more important matters, “Stein wrote.
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The CNN report on Weiss’ departure from the Times labels the journalist in its headline as a “controversial opinion writer.”
Intercept columnist and Al Jazeera presenter Mehdi Hasan rejected her argument that she was alienated in the newspaper as being “centrist”, insisting they are the majority at @nytopinion!
“The other thing that stands out is her weird attack on Twitter when, irony! She wouldn’t exist as a media ‘brand’ or public figure * without * Twitter. She was a junior editor at @nytopinion hired in 2016 as a nobody from @WSJ Twitter – Twitter ranks! – made his career, “Hasan tweeted.
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Hasan also accused Weiss of expressing “intolerant and racist views about Palestinians,” something he added never prompted her to face “censorship” by the Times.
The Hill’s Krystal Ball offered a similar reaction, also accusing her of hypocrisy when it comes to advocating against “canceling the culture.”
“There is no legitimate research problem that is more likely to be ‘canceled’ than support for Palestinian rights. That Bari Weiss, an intellectual architect of that censorship regime, have the audacity to ‘self-expel’ and cancel the scream is outrageously hypocritical, “Ball exclaimed.
Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur called the idea “absurd” that the Times is “too progressive” and insisted that it is the “epicenter of the establishment.”
“It limits the limit with the progressives and is very dismissive of our policies and political leaders,” said Uygur.
Weiss’s letter was welcomed by several prominent conservatives, including Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Donald Trump Jr., and Ben Shapiro. However, a prominent liberal who expressed solidarity with Weiss was “real time” presenter Bill Maher.
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“As a longtime reader who in recent years has read the newspaper with increasing dismay for the reasons described here, I hope this letter finds receptive ears in the newspaper. But for the reasons described here, I doubt it,” Maher tweeted about Weiss. ‘ lyrics.
Weiss published a scathing resignation letter that he sent to Times AG publisher Sulzberger on his personal website, noting that he doesn’t understand how toxic behavior is allowed inside the newsroom and that “showing up to work as a centrist in a US newspaper does not It should take courage. ” “
“Sadly I am writing to tell you that I am resigning from the New York Times,” Weiss wrote.
Later, Weiss explained that she joined the newspaper in 2017 to help offer a different perspective, as the “fact that the Times did not anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it did not have a clear idea of the country it covers.” and corrected that problem was critical.
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“But the lessons that should have followed the elections, lessons on the importance of understanding other Americans, the need to resist tribalism, and the centrality of free exchange of ideas for a democratic society, have not been learned,” Weiss wrote. “Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially in this document: that truth is not a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to a few enlightened ones whose job it is to inform everyone else.”
Weiss wrote that “Twitter is not at the head of The New York Times,” but social media is acting as the last editor.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.