Bari Weiss : « Why I Left the New York Times »

Propos recueillis par Laetitia Strauch-Bonart
·1 min de lecture
Bari Weiss poses where she lives in Los Angeles, CA, on November 13, 2020.
Bari Weiss poses where she lives in Los Angeles, CA, on November 13, 2020.

This interview was translated from Baris Weiss' original interview published in French on Le Point.fr.

In early June, as the protests following George Floyd's death were reaching their climax in the United States, Akansas's Republican Senator, Tom Cotton, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times arguing for the deployment of federal troops to quell the violent riots. The op-ed threw the paper of record into crisis. More than 800 employees signed a petition protesting the article, claiming that it put the lives of black New York Times staffers in danger.

Rather than defend the decision to publish the op-ed, the Times appended a long editor's note to the piece claiming that it should never have been published. Within days of publication, the editor of the Opinion pages, James Bennet, was forced to resign. A month later, his subordinate, Bari Weiss, whose ideas often ran counter to the prevailing consensus within the newspaper, left as well, and her powerful resignation letter echoed around the world.

Was it a tempest in a teacup ? Not if one considers the event a symptom of the growing polarization of American opinion, the illiberalism that has taken root inside liberal institutions, and the way that progressive media have trapped themselves in ?identity politics.? Since then, the young and bright journalist, noted author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism, recipient of a National Jewish Book Award in 2019, has become both a symbol of the consequences of such narrow-mi [...] Lire la suite