Bari Weiss, a remarkable character. She was once a leading writer at The New York Times. However, other staff members of this highly educated institution bullied and harassed her until she resigned. In doing so, she spilled the beans on the Times’ toxic work environment and the complete intolerance of non-leftwing thought on its opinion pages, a problem that was supposed to be rectified by Weiss’ hiring, yet was only exacerbated upon her departure.
Weiss, however, has made it to the top and is still going strong. Substack now boasts a large subscriber list that pays her more than any newspaper. The door that was closed, a garage door 14 feet high opened.
Yesterday Weiss sat down with Briant Stelter to talk about the ironically named “Reliable Sources” on CNN. She became one of us by doing this.
Substack’s @BariWeissCommon sense is the key to success @BrianStelter: “When you have” NYT reporter talking abt how “pursuing the question of the lab leak is racist, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say…there are differences between men and women, the world has gone mad…” pic.twitter.com/l52otDbRSp
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 17, 2021
Stelter may not like it but she nails the point. I’ll get to him in a minute, but on the merits, there is absolutely an increasing majority of people who truly feel the world has “gone mad.” People are fired for speaking truths that were common just five years ago. Right now, you can get banned on every major social media site for saying that a man can’t become a woman.
Weiss points out that the dissemination of information topic was a controversial one. For over a decade, major news media and tech companies have called it a racist conspiracy theory in order to claim COVID-19 had escaped from a laboratory. This restriction was only lifted recently. Another example was the censorship of Hunter Biden’s story.
Weiss also notes the excusing of rioting by networks like CNN and others during the summer of 2020 and the assertion that words are “violence” while actual violence isn’t denounced. In short, there is a dogmatic, “proper” way to cover topics according to the left, and they are dead set on being the arbiters of those standards. If you aren’t woke, the attempts to destroy you will follow, whether they are ultimately successful or not. And while Weiss had the resources to survive the onslaught, she ends by pointing out that many others haven’t been so lucky.
Stelter, on the other hand, displayed his peak-mediocrity when he tried to stump Weiss by asking who was stopping people saying what she considers inappropriate. Her credit is that she retains her cool while further embarrassing Stelter by checking on the enforcement mechanisms of the left.
Here’s how that went for Stelter.
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) October 17, 2021
In the end, Stelter’s refusal to admit the reality we now live in only further underscored Weiss’ point. CNN and its affiliates have a huge following that is evidence of how many people they are ignoring while claiming not to be pushing an agenda.
Weiss, at least for a while, became us all.