Trump has enjoyed another victory in his battle against the fake news and its deliberate dissemination of false information. He has long pointed out that CNN and The New York Times are some of the worst examples of fake news, given the sheer scale of their low-information audiences.
Now, a journalist with one of those outlets has publicly resigned, for the exact same reasons that Trump and patriotic Americans detest the fake news. In short, she resigned over an “illiberal” fake news culture and an environment akin to “civil war.”
Ironically, journalist Barbara Weiss was originally hired to help balance the paper’s increasingly radical viewpoints.
“Weiss … explained that she joined the paper in 2017 to help offer a different perspective, as the Times’ ‘failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers,’ and fixing that issue was critical.” [Source: Fox News]
Ms. Weiss publicly announced her resignation from The New York Times in a lengthy resignation letter posted on her personal webpage. Throughout her letter, she issues a series of scathing commentaries on the publication, particularly the publication’s deliberate suffocation of diverse points of view.
“As the ethics and mores of [the Twitter] platform have become those of the paper, the 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.” [Source: Bari Weiss]
In other words, stories are written with predetermined conclusions; they are not written to encourage debate, but to suffocate debate. The New York Times and its ilk are drifting much closer into the type of newspaper that prevails throughout China and North Korea, rather than the free press envisioned by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
Furthermore, for a publication so critical about Trump’s Twitter usage, The New York Times totally depends on the social media platform itself, as Weiss notes.
“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor.” [Source: Bari Weiss]
In addition to the “Twitter effect” on quality, Weiss also points out that radical leftists have played the greatest role in decimating the paper’s reputation and quality. The radical leftists have run freely with writing essentially whatever they want, provided it is virulently opposed to Trump or Trump supporters at any time over virtually any reason.
In fact, the more adherent the radical leftists are to the implacable orthodoxy dominating The New York Times, the more likely they are to get away with virtually anything, and if someone dares to express “WrongThink,” such as Ms. Weiss, they are subjected to merciless bullying and harassment.
“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 … My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in … Still, other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.
…Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times” [Source: Bari Weiss]
While the bullying of Ms. Weiss and anyone else who dares to think differently is horrifying enough, what more could be expected from a publication that openly lies about underaged high school students, gravely endangering their lives in the process?
One of the most disturbing examples of this extreme radicalism occurred when The New York Times, along with several other fake news media outlets, was quick to publicly demonize underage students for their supposed “racism,” merely for wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
These Covington High School students were accused of being racist after an edited video went viral. Rather than checking all the facts associated with the video, the fake news, including The New York Times, colluded in a concentrated smear campaign to bully the young students and destroy their lives, even encouraging violence against them.
“Longtime CNN contributor Kathy Griffin seemed to encourage a mob to rouse up and hurt these boys, tweeting, ‘Name these kids. I want names. Shame them. If you think these effers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat. Think again.’
Hollywood film producer Jack Morrissey tweeted that he wanted the boys killed: ‘MAGA kids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper.’ He paired that with a graphic photo. Actor Patton Oswalt linked to personal information about one of the boys, in case anyone wanted to get started on that project. [Source: Fox News]
Recalling that Twitter recently fact-checked the President of the United States, did the platform feel inspired to defend teenagers against violent death threats?
“Meanwhile, Twitter, which claims to have a policy against encouraging violence, stood by silently as all this happened.” [Source: Fox News]
Twitter really is the editor of The New York Times.
Despite its repeated, gross misjudgments, The New York Times has continued to be as divisive and inflammatory as ever. It is almost as if the fake news wishes to incite a civil war well beyond its totally out of touch offices.