Opinion columnist and editor Bari Weiss has been bullied and shamed out of her position at the New York Times for daring to claim that the American mainstream media has lost its way. She rued that “showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.”
In her resignation letter, she wrote, “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. 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.”
“[T]he 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.”
In her resignation letter, Weiss noted that her own “forays into Wrongthink” have made her the subject of “constant bullying by colleagues” who disagree with her views.“They have called me a Nazi and a racist,” she wrote.It’s a regrettable day when intellectual curiosity and the free exchange of ideas are actions to be not only suppressed but also ridiculed and deleted.Kudos to Ms. Weiss for her courage. We all now find ourselves in an era where such courage is incumbent on us if truth and freedom matter. As Christians, we should be first in this line of what has become revolutionary.