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    New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss resigns, citing hostile culture and lack of ideological diversity

    New York Times Opinion staff editor and writer Bari Weiss announced her resignation on Tuesday, decrying the newspaper's workplace culture as "hostile" toward staffers who hold anything other than left-of-center ideologies.

    H/T: POLITICO

    Weiss’ resignation is the latest development in a tumultuous period for the Times. The media institution is grappling with increased internal dissent, especially over its opinion section, its coverage of communities of color and its newsroom culture.

    “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” Weiss wrote in a resignation letter posted to her website.

    More from her letter:

    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.

    There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong.

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