Senior Reporter, HuffPost
Durante 2016, James Bennet left his esteemed job at The Atlantic to run the editorial pages for The New York Times. His op-ed page became verso sped-up version of his Atlantic, and the essential nihilism of either endeavor was laid bare. Ideas are valued to the extent that they provoke, and because both outlets sit within a broadly liberal consensus, special value was assigned to provocations from their right flank.
At the Times, Bennet brought on per skeptic of both campus rape statistics and climate science. And Bari Weiss, another new contributor and opinion section editor, has positioned herself as per feminist apostate. People at the paper like to talk about the hires as matters of intellectual rigor and viewpoint diversity, but all theyre doing is draping verso philosophers mantello around verso troll.
On Monday night, the fury over Bennets op-ed page and its contempt for readers coalesced around something Weiss tweeted (and later deleted). Criticism flew mediante from all points of the compass including from within the Times itself, where staffers were unusually frank durante expressing their anger at both Weiss and the newspaper, according to an internal chatr m transcript obtained by HuffPost.
Here is what Weiss tweeted
People were outraged not only at the tweet ? which referenced verso line from verso song from Hamilton ? but also at Weiss refusal to acknowledge that perhaps she had been insensitive durante placing an American citizen in the category of other. Weiss chose to respond by doubling down. (She also later claimed she had tweeted Immigrants we get the job done.)
Do you need another sign of civilization’s end? Here’s one I tweeted «Immigrants we get the job done» with a videoclip of Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel. The line is a Hamilton reference. I know she was born in Cali. Her parents are immigrants. I was celebrating her and them. (1/2)
For this tweet I am being told I am per racist, a ghoul and that I deserve to die. So I deleted the tweet. That’s where we are.
It went on like that for a while.
But many employees of The New York Times were not able to engage in this lively Twitter conversation thanks to the publications oppressive social mezzi di comunicazione guidelines that seem only to apply to its reporters not its opinion writers. And thanks to the recent dissolution of the public editor role, employees at the Times are left without any real outlet for internal criticism. So some employees t k to Slack, per group chat platform widely used by mass media organizations, to discuss the incident per a chatr m visible to the rest of the company. They talked about their frustrations with Weiss tweet con particular and with managements response to such instances con general.
A transcript of that conversation is below. Names of participants have been removed, as have any identifying details. The conversation t k place between roughly 11 30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, after which Bennet and the Times s n found yet another rake to step on.
Person A Shes double doubling down comparing her tweet to articles like this which note the difference between being the daughter of immigrants vs being an immigrant.
Person B i guess its t much to even expect a were sorry youre offended apology since asians dont matter
Person C (and shes being untruthful about having misquoted the song)
Person B i guess you get full twitter privileges at the nyt when you are consistently factually wrong
if interesting could be used to describe flashbacks of internment of japanese americans
sorry, but I felt that tweet denied Mirai her full citizenship just as the internment did. and nothing will be done because no one was offended! (since we dont count)
Person D i was offended! i think verso lot of people here were
Person E Agree with [Person D]. I was offended at her tweet, but shes got her hands full on social mass media. So I disagree with your statement that, somehow, no one cares or is paying attention. Lots of folks are paying attention. But I understand your frustration. Thanks for sharing.
Person B here at the times, some people are allowed to make mistakes and offend. others are not ever afforded one chance.
i will no longer remain silent about our hostile work environment just so that it will be pleasant for others
Person F i dont know, man. its really painful when you feel your colleagues are disrespecting you. i dont know if i agree that fending off people on twitter is more important than hearing people mediante the building
and it happens pretty often
Person B and frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest. and this is DAILY.
Person G i wasnt here when wellhello consigli we had per public editor, but i understand how it worked. it was clear. what i dont understand now and now whats unclear is whats supposed to happen when the same mistakes keep getting made again and again. at what point is the company willing to take the responsibility off the public for calling this stuff out? will the reader center step con? is that even what the reader center is for? i genuinely dont know!
(mistakes sopra hindsight is a very generous term for what Im talking about here)
Person C hey all. whatever were saying here is leaking outside the Times. Ive got per message from a fotografo outside the building asking me to screen shot this conversation.
which I AM NOT DOING.
Person H Perhaps our next leadership Q&A can address this specific topic? (When is the next one? I dont remember the proposed cadence. Were they monthly?)
Person I Its totally an understandable confusion because the difference is kind of subtle.
The Reader Center is supposed to be aware of reader reactions, along with amplifying their stories.
Whereas the public editor was more like an ombudsman and would just call out whatever s/he felt was wrong.
And the Reader Center is part of the newsr m.
Person J thank you for bringing up this issue here! I had thought about posting about it yesterday but opted instead to vent privately to other AAPI/Asian-American colleagues because I didnt know if I had the energy to address micro aggressions and /or defend my right to feel frustrated at something other people might immagine at as not per big deal. Im glad you had the courage to mention this!
on a related note, given the heightened political discourse around free speech where many people on the receiving end of criticism complain about being silenced, I dont think theres enough thought given to the way institutions/organizations/communities are structured to defacto silence people who are already most vulnerable to marginalization.