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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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A journalist blasts the New York Times in resignation letter

Link here. It appears that the author of this resignation letter, Bari Weiss, had been hired by the New York Times after the 2016 election because the editors there had realized the paper had become to captured by its leftist bubble and had misread the public’s support for Trump in the election. Weiss, whose credentials suggest a more well-rounded background, was hired to give the Times a peek outside its leftist bubble.

Well it appears the Times and its employees don’t really want that peek. From the resignation letter:

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry.

Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.

None of this really is a surprise. Persecution is now cool, and the leftist orthodoxy that controls academia and journalists at the Times all want to be cool.

Worse is yet to come. Be warned. They’re coming for you next.


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  • Cotour

    Q: Why resign?

    I would never resign. I would continue to write my opinions, collect my pay and they would have to fire me and then state why they fired me. YOU NEVER QUIT!

    This political warfare is not won by quitting, Mr. Weiss. You have through weakness surrendered a powerful weapon of media. You were bullied by your co workers? They called you names? Ooh.

    Will Trump now quit? Trump will never quit until either his term is over or he is legally removed for some legal and Constitutional reason.

    Bari Weiess, not a warrior that believes in the necessity of the battle and to win it.

    I am disgusted in both Mr. Weiss because he is not tough enough, and the New York Times because of what they have become a tool of “Progressive” Leftist domestic terrorists.

    More shameful human beings, weak and getting weaker.

  • Andi

    It’s Ms. Weiss, not that it changes anything. I too wish she hadn’t quit.

  • Cotour: Bari Weiss is a woman.

    Though I agree with you that she should not have resigned but made them fire her, I can understand why she did so. I’ve been there. It can get quite unpleasant and impossible to work. At some point life is better if you move on. And by resigning so publicly she sends a message to the NY Times, while also making that newspapers inner rottenness visible to the world.

  • Cotour

    Thanks for the correction, I was considering commenting on the spelling, now it makes more sense.

    As to the strategy of quitting because things became uncomfortable? Ooh.

    She is writing an opinion column, do your work at home and email your product right past your co workers if you are that threatened by them. I would think that she would have some kind of hostile work environment law suit against the company because they allowed such intimidation to exist within their company. Isn’t that how it goes today? WHERE IS HER LAW SUIT!?


  • V-Man

    I also believe in the “never quit, make the bastards fire you!” motto, but we’re not in her shoes.

    Could you spend 8-10 hours a day, every day, with people who openly hate and demean you? It’s not just insults. Always watch your coffee and snacks, in case someone mixes something in. Make sure your personal electronics are always with you or locked, that no one can mess with your files or frame you for a crime. Never be alone with someone (as a female, Ms. Weiss is less of a potential target than a man, but I’m sure there are lesbians at the NYT).

    And this is just off the top of my head…

  • Cotour: It is my understanding she was an editor, not a columnist. Her job was to find conservative writers to write op-eds for the Times. It appears she got tired of the leftist mob continually shooting down her suggestions. There was no point remaining, as she wasn’t accomplishing anything.

  • Cotour

    In the era of Covid everything is being done at home, so I don’t buy this. (Did she quit before or after Covid began?)

    I ask again, where is her hostile work place law suit? The NYT’s gets a pass on this? They are allowed to operate as a domestic terror group?

  • Cotour

    She should have come here for some material, I would have been happy to provide it and I am certain you would also have been happy to provide it.

    Maybe she was not looking hard enough.

  • Andrew_W

    I agree Cotour, wouldn’t get rid of me that easily. ;-)

  • john hare

    Sometimes quitting is the right move. It allows one to move on at a time and manner of their own choosing. There is no obligation to fight what someone else considers to be the good fight. Getting fired when unprepared can be hazardous to your lifestyle.

    It’s known as voting with your feet, a viable option in a free country. Let them choke on their own poisons while you pursue other opportunities.

  • Cotour

    John Hare:

    Then you took the job not understanding what your real job actually was. Why was she hired? To counter exactly what she allowed to cow her. Weak, weak, weak.

    You find yourself within the belly of the enemy camp, and you do not have the stones to carry on?

    No, you never understood what it was that you were suppose to do. To surrender a powerful media weapon and platform during the heat of the battle is at the minimum a mistake. At the max? Just not up to the job that you found yourself in.

  • john hare

    Telling other people how they should act is part of the woke culture I strongly disagree with.

  • Cotour

    And who here is telling another what they should or should not be doing? You or I?

    I have an opinion and so do you, I strongly disagree with yours, and Ms. Weiss’s.

    Why did she take the job in the first place? She was unaware of who and what she would be dealing with when she went to work in the belly of the beast, The New York Times? She should have been reading the articles and comments right here on BTB if she really wanted to know what was what.

    Yeah, I will “Awake” you so your “Woke”.

  • wayne

    The history of the NYT’s, goes way, way back.

    They started with the Chattanooga Time’s, and when the Ox-Sulzberger families took control of the NYT’s, they “brought their Confederate sympathies with them.”

    Mark Levin Show
    July 13 2020

  • Edward

    I agree with Robert and John hare. If she quits then she can do so on her own terms and with another job already in hand. If she gets fired, it is a quiet event that does not get the attention that it deserves, but this way she has shamed the people who harassed her, shamed the people who hired her then did not support their own goal, and shamed the Paper of Record. She has made clear that the Gray Lady is biased, and those who think otherwise now have a difficulty defending the Times — someone was harassed out of her job by the very bias she was hired to solve.

    The New York Times is now the Paper of Record Bias. How they will ever fix that bad reputation, with a staff that drums out those that don’t agree with them, is hard to say. If only those who hired Weiss had had her gonads then they could have supported her. Instead, she boldly tells off most of the staff in a terribly embarrassing and damaging way.

    From her letter: “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.

    She isn’t even a right winger but is merely a centrist and that was how she was treated? Oh, the Times is far gone indeed.

    As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. ‘An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,’ you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper.

    Too bad the Times is no longer that great newspaper. The Gray Lady no longer “invite[s] intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.” Only the dark shades that are sanctioned by a biased few of the staff.

  • Tumbleweed

    While I welcome your calling out of NY Times as a propaganda rag , I ask that both author and readers examine the C.F.R. — Council on Foreign Relations stranglehold on all the ” Big 6 ” media conglomerates.

    start here = CFR media . com

    ” Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).”

  • pzatchok

    I would have documented it the whole time it happened.
    Never saying a word.
    Then I would have asked my boss if they could do something about it. And documented it if not secretly taped it.

    Then I would have insisted all the perpetrators be fired our your going to own the bosses job after the law suit. Handing him your lawyers card.

    Then I would walk out. Dropping the microphone on the way.


    I would ask the Times lawyers if those other workers are really worth loosing millions in cash over? 10 million at least.
    Nothing needs to be public until an agreement can not be quickly reached.

  • pzatchok

    This activity would NEVER be tolerated in any other company, by anyone, for any reason, from anyone.

    Unless the management encouraged it.

  • Jeff Armstrong

    I find it humorous that so many say “why didn’t she stay“ and get fired. Had she been fired and then published this letter the “why didn’t she quit” crowd would show up here.

  • wayne

    Ox-Sulzberger should be “Ochs-Sulzberger.”
    –They owned the Chattanooga Times, for over a 100 years.
    Needless to say, they were all-in on segregation, jim crow, and lynching’s.

    Back to Bari Weiss….

    The Mark Levin Show
    July 14, 2020
    (Mark reads and comments upon the Weiss letter.)

    Before we erect a Statue of this lady….

    Joe Rogan Experience #1415
    Bari Weiss
    January 21, 2020

    (and Episode #1228 for almost 3 hours, if you can stomach it….)

  • Bandit

    She must be loading up for a hostile work environment lawsuit

  • Cotour


    “I agree with Robert and John hare. If she quits then she can do so on her own terms and with another job already in hand.”

    “I find it humorous that so many say “why didn’t she stay“ and get fired. Had she been fired and then published this letter the “why didn’t she quit” crowd would show up here.”

    1. As Myself and Pzatch have simply pointed out, this situation was ALLOWED to exist by the management and it is clear that they allowed a hostile work environment to fester. That in any other situation in business especially in a major American corporation in 2020, planet earth.

    2. The lady knew well why she was hired, she was there to give a more Conservative flavor to at least some of the NYT’s content because they themselves understood that they misinterpreted the 2016 election. Your being hired by the NYT’s, not by National Review. And I am certain they were paying a substantial salary on top of it all.

    3. In the political warfare battle raging in America because you were weak you were not able to hold on to an important political warfare weapon:

    “Bari Weiss is an American opinion writer and editor. From 2013 until 2017 she was an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal. From 2017 to 2020, Weiss was an op-ed staff editor and writer about culture and politics at The New York Times.”

    The enemy which is ground zero for Liberal and Leftist “Progressive” agenda in America that threatens us all with Socialistic failed policy (See NYC and Seattle) hires you and is paying you to work in the belly of the beast. Duh. She could have at least stayed until October?

    Sometimes the things we do and become involved in are much bigger than even we understand at the time, but that is no excuse here IMO. Fail and weak.

  • Cotour

    *That in any other situation in business especially in a major American corporation in 2020, planet earth would never ever be allowed to exist, but its OK in this instance?


  • Cotour

    Bari Weiss: “There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong.”.

    $$$$$$ and its going to be big, and it will be well deserved.

  • Cotour

    I may reconsider my absolute condemnation here if the result is the media picks up on and continues to reveal the NYT’s for what they now are, un American. And they are forced to pay her for their overt allowance of her being harassed and intimidated in a work place that management knew about and by not dealing with encouraged.

    In no other American corporation would this ever happen. China yes, America no.

  • wayne

    –have comment awaiting moderation

  • Cotour

    Another example of the NYT’s and their pumping their preferred narrative and no longer do the work that they are supposed to be doing, Journalism. Abandoned long, long ago and is now the enemy of objective truth and informing the people with it.

  • Cotour


    This is the “New” equality in America if the Left prevails. (But not if you are the NYT’s)

    1. Equality in the “New” America: Ron Swanson’s new desk: 3:37 MIN.

    2. Your new boss in the “New” America: 1:54 MIN.

    Funny, but not so funny.

    Soak it in America, and comment on it in November.

  • DaveS

    Cotour, are you not aware of the revolt of the Times editorial board when Senator Cotton wrote an article suggesting the president use the military to put down the riots? They put us a big hissy fit over it and swore they would never publish “violent” or “hateful” speech again. I suspect that was the last straw for Ms. Weiss. She probably couldn’t get anything past the editorial board, realized it, and decided to move on. At least now she has the freedom to find a position better suited to her talents.

  • Cotour


    I am willing to soften my opinion if : This is not just something that is essentially a one day story and Bari Weiss’s “5 minutes” of fame and then its over.

    If it is buried and forgotten about after a day then all she has accomplished is being beaten.

  • sippin_bourbon

    If she resigns, she can publish this letter, and it gets the attention it deserves. Additionally, it sounds like she may have a lawsuit against the NYTimes, which would be an economic broadside against an already struggling org, in a “contracting industry”.

    If she gets fired, the letter, and the truth within, is disregarded as the ranting of a disgruntled (fill in the blank)-ist. And a lawsuit is considered a poor attempt at revenge by NYTimes’ lawyers.

  • wayne

    This lady is way late to the party. (This is not the first time someone at the NYT’s has pointed out it’s a rag.)
    She used to work on the WSJ editorial page with the open-border, never trumper, crony-statist crowd.
    She apparently thought working for the NYT’s was a promotion. But, while working on the Book-Review section at NYT’s, she ignored numerous best-selling Conservative books and pretended they didn’t exist.
    At best she’s a self-proclaimed “centrist” but by her own proclamations she self-identifies with the left. She also identifies as bi-sexual, but who keeps track? (well, THEY keep track, so I’m forced to as well.)
    That being said— the letter is pretty good. But I’m not donating to build her statue.

  • wayne

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • Cotour

    “If it is buried and forgotten about after a day then all she has accomplished is being beaten.”

    All forgotten already, a non issue. She is just a victim of her own nasty kind that decided to eat her because she dared to stand in the slightest manner against them in order to give the NYT’s some faux appearance of balance.

    Failure and an insider fraud, she wrote a great letter revealing it all because she is weak and a victim of her own, but its of no consequence.

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