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At this point, the evidence that the New York Times is a liberally biased newspaper on more than just their op/ed pages is overwhelming. Heck, even their former public editor admitted to it in 2004. And in 2018, executive editor Dean Baquet stated that he “would be lying if I did not say that a newsroom that is largely built in Manhattan does not have liberal leanings in the lifestyles and attitudes of its employees.”
Still, the documentation of their left-wing leanings is a vital and necessary part of the quest to hold mainstream media news outlets accountable for their actions.
The latest example comes courtesy of independent journalist Bari Weiss, who not so long ago was the opinion page editor for the Times before she resigned in disgust over what she described at the time as “constant bullying by colleagues” over her “forays into [centrist] Wrongthink,” a lack of support shown by the higher-ups when she was attacked on the NYT’s Slack channels, and how “stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences” – audiences Weiss said consist of Twitter’s narrow-minded leftist woke mobs.
In a podcast episode that went up Thursday, Weiss described to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) one 2020 incident she recalled where a senior colleague actually suggested a junior colleague run an op/ed submitted by Scott on the police reform bill he was working on by then-Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for approval. Prior to that, the senior colleague questioned the junior colleague on whether or not they believed Republicans “really cared about minority rights”:
During the interview, Weiss recalled a discussion among senior Times editors surrounding an op-ed submitted by Scott in the aftermath of the May 2020 police-involved slaying of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis.
“Well, here’s what happened,” Weiss told Scott. “And this is the part I’m not sure if you know. There was a discussion about the piece and whether or not we should run it.”
Weiss continued: “And one colleague, a more senior colleague said to a more junior colleague who was pushing for the piece, ‘Do you think the Republicans really care about minority rights?’”
“Wow,” Scott said.
“And the more junior colleagues said, ‘I think Tim Scott cares about minority rights’,” Weiss said.
“And then, and here’s the pretty shocking part. The more senior colleague said, ‘Let’s check with Sen. Schumer before we run it’,” Weiss said.
She added that the younger colleague refused to reach out to Schumer due to ethics concerns.
She didn’t say what the basis was for the op/ed ultimately not being published, but it’s safe to guess that the junior colleague not running it by Schumer – and the Times’ woke newsroom’s propensity to erupt in meltdowns whenever a Republican politician (like Tom Cotton, for example) is given space in their paper – were the likely reasons it never ran.
Though that is one of the more eye-opening instances of blatant bias at the so-called “newspaper of record,” one that stands out to me even more is how the paper defended its biased and very belated “reporting” on Tara Reade’s March 2020 allegation of rape against then-Democratic presidential candidate and presumptive nominee Joe Biden.
Dean Baquet seemed to suggest in so many words to Times media columnist Ben Smith that the reason they made a controversial edit to part of their story where they talked about other allegations against Biden was because it made the Biden campaign uncomfortable (bolded emphasis added):
[Smith:] “I want to ask about some edits that were made after publication, the deletion of the second half of the sentence: ‘The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.’ Why did you do that?”
[Baquet:] “Even though a lot of us, including me, had looked at it before the story went into the paper, I think that the campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct. And that’s not what the sentence was intended to say.“
Joe Biden had been accused of other instances of sexual misconduct by that point, but the fact that the Times appeared to tone down their article after the Biden’s campaign complained about it pretty much says it all.
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