After the New York Times last April hired Bari Weiss to write for and edit its op-ed page, I wrote a long article detailing her history of pro-Israel activism and, especially, her involvement in numerous campaigns to vilify and ruin the careers of several Arab and Muslim professors due to their criticisms of Israel.
I chose to profile Weiss’s history because (a) the simultaneous hiring of Bret Stephens generated so much controversy that Weiss’ hiring was ignored, even though it was clear her hiring would be more influential since she would be not just writing but also commissioning articles for that highly influential op-ed page; (b) the NYT was justifying these hires on the grounds of “diversity” even though hiring hard-core pro-Israel activists for that page (which has no Muslim columnists) was the literal opposite of diversity; and, most of all, (c) Weiss was masquerading as an opponent of viewpoint-intolerance on college campuses even though her entire career had been built on trying to suppress, stigmatize and punish academic criticisms of Israel.
Since that article, Weiss has predictably written multiple banal columns for the NYT denouncing what she perceives as growing left-wing intolerance for dissent, in general but particularly on college campuses. I’ve watched as Weiss has become celebrated in right-wing circles as some sort of paragon of free expression and academic freedom, and mourned by centrists as the tragic victim of online PC mob silencing campaigns (imagine being a columnist and editor at the New York Times – with full access to the most influential media platform in the world – and seeing yourself as the victim of silencing and censorship), even though her entire career is grounded in precisely the viewpoint-suppression, vilification and censorship campaigns she now depicts herself as loathing.'
Read more: NYT’s Bari Weiss Falsely Denies Her Years of Attacks on the Academic Freedom of Arab Scholars Who Criticize Israel
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