A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” Classic From NYT Refugee Bari Weiss [Updated]

Bari Weiss is one of the disgusted former journalists for progressive/ Democratic propaganda organizations who found the remaining sparks of integrity and belief in democracy within made continuing complicity impossible. A former opinion editor at the New York Times who resigned in July 2020 after she challenged the paper’s hypocrisy, Weiss (whose Ethics Alarms dossier is here) horrified Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott (S.C.) during her recent podcast,”Honestly with Bari Weiss.”

I’m here to horrify you, too.

Weiss explained to the Senator what went on in the newsroom behind the scenes regarding Scott’s op-ed about a police reform bill he was working on, the Justice Act, in response to the death of George Floyd. Democratic support for the bill ultimately failed, and Scott authored a proposed op-ed piece for the Times explaining how the negotiations collapsed. Weiss told Scott,

There was a discussion about the piece and whether or not we should run it, 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?’ And the more junior colleague said, ‘I think Tim Scott cares about minority rights.’ And then, and here’s the pretty shocking part: The more senior colleague said, ‘Let’s check with Senator Schumer before we run it.” 

Weiss added that the younger colleague refused, saying that making the then-Senate Minority Leader part of the editorial process wasn’t ethical. The op-ed was never published.

Even assuming that Schumer was never consulted, the fact that a senior Times editor would even suggest such a thing is telling, and completely consistent with a mountain of other evidence indicating collusion between Democratic Party leadership, including in Congress and the White House, and the news media regarding what news is “fit to print” and the particular kind of “darkness” democracy is going to die in.

Scott responded to Weiss’s tale thusly…

I am disappointed to hear that. I am not surprised to hear that. You have to remember that the Washington Post fact-checked my life.

I can’t tell you how disrespectful and dishonoring that entire process was … went on for three or four months as they went through records to find out whether or not my grandfather actually dropped out of school in the third grade, their records suggested he dropped out in the fourth grade but still didn’t learn to read. They wanted to know if I had somehow hidden my silver spoon and just was using a plastic spoon instead. And the more they dug, the more they realized that there was no evidence that disproved the fact that I am who I say I am and that I experienced what I said I’ve experienced.

So there is something in national media that wants to frame any conservative, particularly black conservatives, as being disingenuous or insincere or a tool for the conservatives. When in fact the black community is consistently as conservative as any community.

UPDATE: The National Review has a source from the Times that confirms Weiss’s account.


5 thoughts on “A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” Classic From NYT Refugee Bari Weiss [Updated]

  1. Chuck Schumer was not the majority leader yet at the time of this incident. He would not become majority leader until January of 2021.

    Otherwise, bullseye. No one at the times should even have thought of running an editorial past Chuck Schumer for his blessing. That whole organization is a bunch of Democratic party hacks.

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