New York Times in criticism: A Forum for all?

Bari Weiss, editor of the opinion pages at the New York Times (NYT), has left the American newspaper on Tuesday. Before she left, she published on its website a

New York Times in criticism: A Forum for all?

Bari Weiss, editor of the opinion pages at the New York Times (NYT), has left the American newspaper on Tuesday. Before she left, she published on its website a public notice letter to the publisher A. G. Sulzberger: you was always what I called the former new York times owner Adolph Ochs in 1896, to expand "the columns of the New York Times a Forum for all questions of importance to society, and therefore to the intelligent discussion of all kinds of points of view invite". This your work, brought to you by the new York times once wrote White, can't you exercise now.

Axel Weidemann

editor in the features section.

F. A. Z.

White had started three years ago in the NYT. It was, she writes, brought in to bring votes to the sheet of paper, "the Times did not, of course, as your home view". In 2016, a year before White came to the NYT, had won Donald Trump's presidential elections. This had surprised even the brightest minds of the Times and hit. To avoid such blind spots, wanted to get the sheet now conservative opinions more space to a broader spectrum of American society to reproduce. Although it was successful and White, to showcase new, young and sometimes controversial authors, but you have the lesson to follow was "to understand other Americans, the tribe think of something to oppose" and the ultimate concern for the free exchange of ideas in a democratic society – ultimately denied. Instead, it originated in the NYT a sort of silent consensus, "that truth is not a process of community discovery, but something Orthodox, which is only known to a small group of insiders, whose Job it is to inform all of the other".

internally as a Nazi and a racist

White, mainly on the Social Media platform Twitter: It was not in the imprint, but now Twitter is often "the last editor" of the NYT. The ethics and the morals were those of the newspaper become. Stories were selected and told that they satisfied a limited audience, "to empower, rather than a curious Public to read about the world and to draw your own conclusions".

Because of their own "excursions" in the resulting "wrong thinking" (in the English Original of the term "wrong-think") is not to be White was often bullied by such colleagues, who agreed with their view of the world Convention. As a Nazi and racist she was been insulted internally, colleagues, the good with her, got along, had been cut in other contexts. Also insults in the company's own Messenger channels or from colleagues on Twitter would always be able to without the fear of consequences is expressed. To Sulzberger writes Weiss, are not addressed: "I know how you could allow this type of Behavior in your company before the eyes of the entire workforce and the Public." Especially since we Know private, for your courage I praised. All in all, you live in constant fear of the "digital thunder dome".

Updated Date: 15 July 2020, 13:19

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