Bari Weiss Quits the New York Times Because It is Now a “Performance Space” for Wokeness
For those who advocate adhering to the nation’s immigrationlaws, there’s long been the perception that the pro-enforcement side of theimmigration debate would always get short shrift at the New York Times. Now the grip of Wokeism that forces staffersinto complete adherence to open borders and other hardline leftist ideologiesat the Times has been made public forall to see.
Bari Weiss, who until recently was one of the rising youngstars of the Times’ opinion pages, publicly resigned from the paper on Tuesday,charging her employment there had become untenable because of her refusal toadhere to an ever more pervasive Woke ideology.
Ms. Weiss’ letter addresses the increasingly rigid Woke standards at the New York Times, but as anyone who reads or views what is euphemistically called the “mainstream media” knows, ideological orthodoxy is not unique to the Grey Lady. Though she does not cite immigration coverage in her resignation letter, it has become increasingly clear that the Times and other elitist media outlets are not reporting news, but disseminating propaganda. “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 wrote.
Mass immigration, open borders, andfurious opposition to any manner of enforcement is one of the most strictlyenforced orthodoxies at the Times and other similarly-minded mediaorganizations where the “enlightened few” view it as their mission to inform,or perhaps more accurately, indoctrinate everyone else.
“As the ethics and mores of [Twitter]have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kindof performance space,” Weiss continues. “Stories are chosen and told in a way tosatisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public toread about the world and then draw their own conclusions.”
What is important is that thisconclusion can no longer be dismissed as paranoia about the “mainstream media”on the part of the folks Hillary Clinton labeled “Deplorables.” It is coming from not just one of their own,but one of their anointed who refused to go along with the charade that what isbeing practiced at the Times is journalism. With increasing frequency it isindoctrination.
Perhaps more people who share Ms.Weiss’ integrity and value the importance of objective journalism will followher lead and we can return to a standard where journalists report the newsabout immigration and other important issues rather than tailor it to conformto the Woke views of “the narrowest of audiences.”