McCarthyism – The New God Of NYT, NDTV, The Hindu, The Wire …
Today, we shall like to refer to a very bold letter written by Bari Weiss, the opinion editor of The New York Times.
In her resignation letter, posted on her website, Weiss alleged that Twitter has become the ultimate editor of NYT as new McCarthyism has taken root at the paper of record.
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.
What are the examples of McCarthyism that Weiss speaks of in her resignation letter addressed to NYT’s publisher AG Sulzberger?
Without proper regard for evidence, the progressive colleagues who disagree with her views had made her a subject of constant bullying. They called her a Nazi and a racist.
She wrote: “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.”
“Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear …,” she added.
She also alleged that her work and character were openly demeaned by her “progressive” coworkers, who insisted on the need to root her out to be truly “inclusive”.
In yet another instance of McCarthy’s act by NYT, Weiss alleged that opinion editor James Bennet was unceremoniously fired after Twitter mob made an outlandish demand for his removal for publishing an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton.
Cotton had opined that President Donald Trump was right to consider using the military to quell riots in American cities.
More than 800 NYT staff members, the vast majority from the newsroom, signed a petition denouncing the piece and pushed for Bennett to be fired.
Weiss wrote: “Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it.”
“It took the paper two days and two jobs (including Bennet) to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards …,” she added.
What standards? Weiss reminded Sulzberger that he has failed to deliver on his great grandfather Adolph Ochs’ promise to “invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”
Sulzberger himself had quoted the same line in a statement while assuming the job of publisher from his father in January of 2018.
Weiss wrote: “I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion. Ochs’ idea is one of the best I’ve encountered …”
Clearly, Sulzberger betrayed journalism’s best principles by surrendering to Twitter mobs and progressive in-house writers.
Weiss also reminded the publisher that she was hired after NYT’s failure to detect Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, indicating giving space to different voices.
But instead of being open to those voices, she complained that “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 also told Sulzberger that she couldn’t understand how he allowed her mistreatment “to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public.”
“There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge,” she wrote.
Weiss alleged that Twitter has become NYT’s ultimate editor and added that stories are chosen and told to satisfy the narrowest of audiences.
“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor … 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,” she wrote.
Before joining NYT, Bari was an op ed editor at the Wall Street Journal and an associate book review editor there. For two years, she was a senior editor at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish news, politics, and culture, where she edited the site’s political and news coverage.
She regularly appears on shows like The View, Morning Joe and Bill Maher and is winner of the Reason Foundation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize.
Vanity Fair recently called her NYT’s star opinion writer and The Jerusalem Post named her the seventh most influential Jew in the world.
So, if someone like Weiss had to struggle so much at NYT just because she was taking a favourable stand on Jews, imagine the plight of an average writer to secure his or her job? The liberal media wants writers with different opinions to adhere to their ideology. How right is that, given the fact that the media is the fourth estate of democracy?
This is the question we need to think about today.
This is not only the story of NYT, but also the story of liberal media in India. Weiss is targeted because of her stand on Jews just as Arnab Goswami’s stand on Hindus.
Take for instance, the ganging up of the left-liberal media against Arnab for questioning Sonia Gandhi’s silence over Palghar lynching case. Two Hindu seers, along with their driver, were killed by a violent mob and the left-liberal media had gone silent on it.
Look at the way they have been covering the policies implemented by the BJP-led government since 2014. They always found a way to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for anything that happens even in states ruled by rival parties.
They project Modi as a dictator, who has been elected on the basis of envy and hate for minorities. Take for instance, the coverage of the Citizenship Amendment Act. The left-liberal media deliberately spread canards on the new legislation, which provoked Muslims, who needlessly feared, losing their citizenship.
The only intention behind this, was to paint PM Modi as a facscist and anti-minority, which he is not, considering his “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, a mantra which is diabolically opposite to the rival parties’ caste and religion-based policies for over seven decades.
The problem with the left-liberal media is that they don’t want to see the world as it is, but as they would want it to be. If this is not solved, editors like Weiss would come out to share their harrowing experiences, that could only damage the credibility of mainstream media further.
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