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Bari Weiss and the Malignancy at the New York Times

Activists from the group Extinction Rebellion drop a banner on the New York Times building in New York, June 22, 2019.
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Bari Weiss resigned today from the New York Times, five weeks after the Times essentially forced out editorial page editor James Bennet for publishing an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton. Bennet had hired Weiss, and his departure for allowing a U.S. Senator to advocate the use of longstanding presidential powers was a sign of many things that spelled doom for Weiss’s position at the Times: the growing power of the progressive woke Left within the paper, the accompanying decline of tolerance for liberal ideas about permitting a range of views, and specifically, the loss of institutional support for Weiss. The reality was much uglier, as she details in her must-read public resignation letter discussing her private and public verbal abuse by her co-workers and the Times‘s tolerance of that. A sample of her critique:

[A] new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else. Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are . . . . I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public . . . Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity — let alone risk-taking — is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm . . . Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired.

Weiss is not your standard-issue right-winger: She’s a Jewish lesbian centrist, and perhaps that is what rankled her critics most about her heterodoxy as a writer. She hints at a lawsuit in terms that make it legally impractical for the Times to purge its Slack archives and other internal communications, but it seems unlikely there would actually be a lawsuit, for a variety of legal and practical reasons. The public exposure is bad enough. One wonders how long Bret Stephens, who joined the paper with Weiss as refugees from the Trump-friendly tilt of the Wall Street Journal, will last; one assumes the Times will see no more value in publishing him once Trump is out of office.

The Times is a private corporation, and the free-speech rights of corporations mean that it is, and should be, free to purge its newsroom of anyone who deviates from its left-wing orthodoxies. But it becomes harder for the paper to pretend it is even vaguely interested in presenting even a mild diversity of thought or perspective. You can get a broader range of views from watching Fox News.

What is more striking is how badly Weiss’s co-workers treated her, frequently in public. You get into political journalism, criticism is part of the deal. Your own co-workers going after you in public should not be. This is no way to run a workplace. It would not be tolerated in a private business outside of politics, or if it was, it would lead to all sorts of legal and reputational damage in short order. It is drearily revealing how often woke progressivism seems to demand treating other people in shabby, mean-spirited ways. Politicizing everything has an inevitably corrosive tendency to turn disagreement into dehumanization; if you frame all disagreements as threats to your personal safety, then you internalize the logic of the battlefield in your daily interactions — the other man with the rifle dies, or I do.

If your ideas keep requiring you to abandon basic decency in dealing with the people around you, get different ideas. Bitter internecine personal invective is not exclusive to the Left; the Trump era has revealed that there are more truly awful people on the Right than I had believed before 2015. But at least it is still not the case that our side’s ideas systematically drive us to be horrible to those around us, to the people we go to work with on a daily basis. I cannot imagine National Review tolerating or even having to consider tolerating the kind of behavior towards fellow writers that Weiss experienced. In every battle within the Right, we should look to what life within the institutions run by the Left is really like, and do everything in our power to never be like that.

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Bolsonaro gets bit by large bird during ‘horrible’ quarantine

Following his diagnosis with the coronavirus last week, Brazillian president Jair Bolsonaro complained of his “horrible” self-isolation during an interview Monday — and was then promptly bitten by a large bird in full view of his country’s press corps.

Bolsonaro has been quarantined at the Palácio da Alvorada, Brazil’s presidential residence, following his positive test results.

“I can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible,” the president said in a telephone interview with CNN Brasil on Monday. Bolsonaro added that he felt “very well” and said he expected to get back to work tomorrow if he feels better.

Brazilian media also reported that Bolsonaro was bitten by a large emu-like bird, called a rhea, during a walk outside his residence.

He was feeding a group of the animals when the ornery avian took a peck at his outstretched hand. Pictures shared on Twitter show the leader shaking his hand in pain following the incident.

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‘View’ Pushes Again to Punish ‘Racist’ Tucker Carlson: Must Be ‘Held Accountable’

For the second day in a row, The View has gone after Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson, aiding the left-wing effort to get him taken off the air. Only host Meghan McCain blasted the “cancel culture,” anti-free speech power trip the left is currently engaging in. But her co-hosts vehemently disagreed with her, proudly calling their intolerance for conservatives actually “accountability,” not “canceling.”

After Tucker Carlson addressed his head writer, Blake Neff, resigning after posting offensive comments under a pseudonym online, Carlson announced he would be taking a “long-planned” vacation the rest of the week. The liberal View hosts pounced on that announcement, saying his response about the show’s former writer wasn’t enough, before floating conspiracies that this “vacation” was Carlson escaping scrutiny:

JOY BEHAR: By the way, the writer has said — anything he’s reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me and notes that he and Carlson see eye to eye on most issues. There you have it. No wonder he’s taking an extended vacation. He knows he’s as guilty as the writer.

SUNNY HOSTIN: Tucker Carlson has a long history of making racially insensitive comments, of making culturally insensitive comments. He’s one person that said white supremacy was a hoax. He also said that Black Lives Matter wasn’t about black lives at all….For Tucker Carlson to try to blame shift here I think is really really despicable. I wonder about this long-planned vacation. He seems to take a lot of long-planned vacations when it gets kind’ve hot in the kitchen for Tucker Carlson. 

Sounds like Hostin doesn’t realize what BLM really believes. But Meghan McCain blasted “cancel culture” saying she supports Carlson because she believes in “diversity of opinion” in the public square. 

But Whoopi repeatedly suggested, without evidence, that Carlson was a racist so he should be punished:

WHOOPI: Debating is great. What you want to stay away from is you want to get away from the racist aspect of it. The racist aspect of it is thrown out there to keep you from making your points…The writer is known for his racist writings. I don’t want to hear that when I want to go listen to Tucker Carlson talk about what’s wrong with the left. I don’t want to hear about it being challenging to me as a person of color because you don’t like my color. Tell me what you don’t like about my politics. Leave my color out of it. That’s what I want, and that’s what I want Tucker Carlson to do. When he doesn’t — there’s plenty to show that he is one that has spoken the words almost directly as this boy has written them, I have a little problem with that. 

McCain asked her co-hosts if he should be canceled. Sunny Hostin wagged her finger at McCain and scolded, “It’s not about cancellation. It’s about accountability!” 

Funny how it’s just conservatives who are held “accountable” while nothing happens to left-wing hosts like Joy Reid for similar situations. McCain actually brought that up, and Whoopi promptly cut her off to go to commercial break. When she returned, Whoopi snapped at McCain and admitted she was right about Reid, cutting off any further conversation about the MSNBC host.

Behar agreed with Whoopi that she had nothing against free speech, but this was about racism. She made the distinction between changing the Washington Redskins NFL team name (good) and the New York Times forcing out its editor for printing an op-ed from a Republican Senator (bad). 

Sunny Hostin reiterated “canceling” was really holding people “accountable,” before admitting she thought Carlson was being held “accountable.”

McCain railed against the media and culture forcing out opinions it doesn’t like (such as Bari Weiss), to close out the segment:

I want to read opinion columns in the New York Times from a diversity of people. I worry we’re going down a slippery slope where we won’t have the diversity of opinion that all of us celebrate. When I see Bari Weiss who doesn’t feel comfortable at the New York Times it’s another dangerous moment in mainstream media where it’s one more person with an interesting opinion that we will not have. I don’t think that’s good for America. I certainly don’t think it’s good for American media. 

The View was brought to you by Colgate and Mr. Clean.

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German Fitness Chain RSG Wins Gold’s Gym Bankruptcy Auction

RSG Group GmbH, operator of Germany’s McFit fitness clubs, has won an auction to acquire Gold’s Gym International Inc. out of bankruptcy for $100 million.

The pending sale, which must be approved in bankruptcy court, puts Gold’s Gym on a path to leave chapter 11 with 61 corporate-owned gyms, about 600 franchise gyms and less debt, positioning it to withstand major disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the company said Tuesday.

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro pens scathing op-ed blasting colleague Dr. Fauci

Peter Navarro, White House director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, publicly declared his distrust of fellow Trump administration official Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, penning a column condemning the infectious disease expert over his guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What are the details?

In a piece published by USA Today, Navarro said of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director: “Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”

Navarro slammed Fauci for fighting against President Donald Trump’s ban on flights from China back in January, for “telling the media not to worry” about the pandemic the same month, for “flip-flopping” on the use of masks by the public, and for insisting “that there was only anecdotal evidence in support of hydroxychloroquine to fight the virus” despite studies indicating otherwise.

The op-ed was posted as an opposing view to the USA Today’s editorial board piece arguing that “Donald Trump muzzling Dr. Anthony Fauci amid COVID-19 would be hazardous.”

The trade adviser’s op-ed blasting Fauci comes the day after Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, said during an interview on NBC News, “I respect Dr. Fauci a lot, but Dr. Fauci is not 100 percent right, and he also doesn’t necessarily — and he admits that — have the whole national interest in mind.”

Giroir added, “He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view. But let me say, there is absolutely open discourse” in the administration.

Critics on social media pointed to Navarro’s op-ed as a sign of discord in the Trump administration.

What else?

CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie shared a link to the piece on Twitter, writing, “Wow. Navarro just ran his oppo dump against Dr. Fauci as an op-ed. In 10 yrs covering politics, I’ve never seen a senior WH official publish a broadside like this against a colleague.”

She added, “Where’s [White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows? This is what WH Chiefs of Staff are hired to prevent.”

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Academic Calls On Colleagues to Repudiate ‘White Supremacist’ University

The University of Cincinnati was founded on “white supremacist values” that can only be combated by signing a petition, according to an email distributed to university faculty members by a white academic.

Megan Lamkin, the director of undergraduate research at the taxpayer-funded university, sent an email to faculty asking them to sign her “Pledge to Dismantle White Supremacy Within Ourselves and Our Institutions.” The pledge claims that “white supremacist values” served as the foundation of the school’s 1819 creation in a city that played a key role in the underground railroad.

“The University of Cincinnati is an institution founded on white supremacist values in a country founded on the same,” the email reads. “We have been socially conditioned to fear black men, doubt black women, make assumptions about black students, and otherwise devalue black Americans.”

A UC faculty member—who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution—told the Washington Free Beacon that the pledge was disseminated through a university-wide email that can only be accessed through the approval of an administration moderator. According to the faculty member, only a dean or assistant dean can send an email to the school’s staff list.

Lamkin denied that she was given special access to the email list, but said she will continue to disseminate her pledge to allow all faculty and staff to participate.

“I do not have approval from an administrator or the university (zero endorsements),” Lamkin said. “It’s a grassroots effort that has been discussed in various spaces, providing the opportunity to faculty [and] staff both for [and] against the pledge to provide feedback.” The university did not respond to requests for comment.

The stated goal of the pledge is to create a faculty-staff coalition that works alongside the university student government (USG) and advocates for a list of demands released by student legislators. Some of the demands include removing slave trader Charles McMicken’s name from all UC property, recognizing and suspending classes on Election Day and Juneteenth, and divesting from the Cincinnati Police Department.

“Failure of the University of Cincinnati to commit its unwavering dedication to its black students, faculty, and staff by these deadlines will result in any and all actions necessary for ineluctable change,” the USG list of demands reads. Neither the list authors nor a USG spokesman responded to requests for comment.

While the student government has threatened mass protest if their demands are not met, Lamkin said she is taking a different approach to those who don’t sign the pledge. The program director said she will not ostracize anyone who does not sign the pledge.

“Anyone at UC who receives access to the pledge can sign it or not at their discretion,” Lamkin said. “I understand that it’s not for everyone.”

Faculty members who sign Lamkin’s pledge are scheduled to meet on September 22.

Chrissy Clark is a staff reporter at the Washington Free Beacon. She reports on college campuses and issues of higher education. Her work is featured in The Federalist and The Daily Signal. Chrissy received her degree in political science from Michigan State University. Follow her on social media @chrissyclark_ or contact her at chrissy@freebeacon.com.

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Mask Shamer Crashes Into Man’s Shopping Cart and Spits In His Face

There are so many things wrong with the alleged spit-taker’s actions in this story.

Elizabeth Mach, 45, allegedly approached a 50-year-old man after he removed his face covering while leaving a Costco store in Mettawa in Lake County, on June 16, the Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

Police said Mach slammed her shopping cart into the stranger and told him to put his mask back on because he hadn’t fully exited the store.





It sounds like he’d had his receipt checked and was exiting the warehouse store when Mach rammed his cart. That was her first mistake. She then, according to the report, goes into 2020 freakout mode on him.

“I am a schoolteacher and I have COVID-19,” Mach allegedly told him, before taking her mask off and spitting in the man’s face, police said. She left the store, but was later identified by police, who arrested her on Wednesday.

Claim of superior virtue – “I am a schoolteacher” – followed by brandishing of weapon – “I have COVID-19.” Followed by a potential assault with a deadly weapon – her saliva bearing a deadly virus.

She also violated social distancing and took off her own mask to shout and spit…in the name of shaming someone else for taking off his mask a few feet earlier than she would have liked.

Question: Should someone with COVID be shopping at Costco or anywhere else? Mask or no mask?

If Mach knew she had COVID and was out shopping, well, that’s a problem. She should not only get off her high horse, she should donate it to the nearest ranch or petting zoo. She was potentially turning Costo into a COVID party.

As for the man, unless she can prove she was lying about having the virus with a very recent negative test result, he will have to be tested and possibly quarantined.

If she can prove she was lying, she merely made a terroristic threat to him and those around at the store. She has already been charged with battery and disorderly conduct.





People on both sides of the interminable and frankly mind-numbing mask debate need to take several deep breaths before reacting. Our nation is losing its mind. It’s way too easy to become famous these days, and there are more ways the fame can be dangerous. Crazy is coming in so fast from all over it’s becoming tedious. Sanity is the new sexy.

Elizabeth Mach, 45 and apparently a schoolteacher, has been made famous by her flash of temper. It’s likely to change her life for the worse for a while. Loss of job plus criminal charges may be on the way. As a parent, would you want her teaching your kid?

She posted bail and is due back in court at the end of the month, so presumably she does not actually have COVID. If she did have it, how would her actions not have amounted to attempted murder?

Ford CEO Responds to Employees’ Demands to Stop Making Police Vehicles

Have We Hit Peak Mask-Shaming?

 

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Trump’s Derisive Remarks Aimed at ‘Politicizing Public Health When Lives Are on the Line’

Tuesday, during a speech on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) said President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden speech was “aimed at politicizing public health when lives are on the line.”

After a clip of Trump’s Rose Garden remarks, Cooper said, “There was a time listening to the president today this is the monologue like he’s the guy in the bar who just rambles to anybody who listens to the same story over and over and over again. We heard that so many times about governors or other people. I don’t know if you listened to the president today because you’re busy, and he spoke for a long time and didn’t say anything of particular import. What do you make of what you heard from him today?”

Whitmer said, “I didn’t listen to the speech, but I’ll say this, you know we’ve got incredible challenges in this nation. We need to be banding together. Yet we have inconsistent at best, derisive remarks from the White House. Things that are aimed at politicizing public health when lives are on the line.”

She added, “We’re seeing record numbers every single day coming out of states with regard to COVID-19 cases and, you know, the acknowledgment so many lives have been lost and the pain, the economic pain we’re feeling in this country. You know, it is really important that anyone with the leadership position is speaking to how we’re going to get through this, is encouraging people to wear masks, is focussing on can we get our kids faithfully back into the schools. It’s troubling and disturbing to hear remarks like that when we have so much work to do right now when it comes to this virus.”

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California revamps testing guidelines as virus surges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California revamped its guidelines for COVID-19 testing to focus of those in hospitals or considered at high risk of infection as the surging pandemic strained testing capacity.

The state health department on Tuesday released a four-tier priority system for testing. Those hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms top the list along with “close contacts” of those with confirmed infections.

Next in line are other people with symptoms and those living in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes, prisons and homeless shelters and health care and emergency service workers.

After that, the non-binding guidelines recommend testing for a wide variety of employees who have “frequent interactions with the public.”

They include employees in retail stores, manufacturing, restaurants, markets and convenience stores; teachers; agricultural jobs, including food processing plants and slaughterhouses; and public transport, including airports and rail services.

Testing Californians to determine whether they have been exposed to COVID-19 and tracking down people with whom they had contact are considered crucial to reducing the spread of the infection as rates of hospitalization and positive tests jump.

California now averages more than 100,000 tests a day through a mix of public and private testing sites but some researchers have estimated it needs to double that figure to deal with the virus.

But as California joins other states in seeing sharp rises in cases, it has become harder to obtain testing supplies, and commercial laboratories are taking longer to provide test results, the state Department of Public Health said in a news release.

The new testing guidelines are being done “while we are in parallel working to increase testing capacity across the state,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.

The rules mark a move away from the Newsom administration’s plans for anyone, including those without symptoms, to be tested for the virus in California. Earlier in the pandemic, some counties offered tests to anyone wanting one.

But Los Angeles County, home to a quarter of the state’s population, saw its largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in a single day on Tuesday, with more than 4,200 additional cases reported. Nine percent of people tested in the county are positive for the virus, higher than the state’s rate of 7%.

Hospitalizations also set a record in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Now, asymptomatic people who aren’t in essential jobs are in the fourth tier – the lowest priority – and will only be tested once the state can obtain test results in under 48 hours, according to the guidance.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom partially rolled back the state’s business reopening by ordering closures of bars, indoor restaurant dining areas and similar indoor venues. More than two dozen counties that have been placed on a state monitoring list because of virus outbreaks also were told to shut gyms, malls, hair and nail salons and ban indoor religious services at houses of worship.

Dr. Hala Madanat, director of the School of Public Health at San Diego State University, said the new testing guidelines make sense. She said she’s heard of people who have symptoms waiting several days to get tests, which makes it harder to control the spread.

“It would be ideal if we had all these tests approved and available and we could test all the asymptomatic people and do surveillance, but it’s not realistic at where we are right now in the supply chain,” she said.

Ghaly said the state also is writing emergency regulations to make sure health insurance companies cover all coronavirus testing in the state – especially for “essential” workers at greater risk of contracting the disease. The regulations have not been released.

“It will reinforce and support our delivery system, clinics, hospital systems, to be able to test more and test more confidently so it’s widely available,” Ghaly said.

California health plans already cover testing at no cost to the patient if that testing is ordered by a physician, according to the California Association of Health Plans. Federal guidelines do not require health plans to test for employment purposes or for public health surveillance.

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Associated Press journalist Adam Beam contributed to this story.

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Burger King Posts RANK Climate Change Video: ‘Cow Farts & Burps Are No Laughing Matter’

It’s official: 2020 corporate America has gone bonkers. Burger King’s latest Twitter antics promoting climate change through a children’s video is just the latest example.

Popular fast-food chain Burger King posted a rank climate change propaganda music video of children singing about the dangers of cow farts and burps on Twitter July 14. Really. Burger King captioned the tweet: “Cow farts & burps are no laughing matter. they release methane, contributing to climate change.” The tweet continued: “[T]hat’s why we’re working to change our cows’ diet by adding lemongrass to reduce their emissions by approximately 33%.”

Watch the children’s video promoting their new endeavor below (WARNING: The cringe level is maxed out.)

 

The tweet was posted to promote an absurd study that stipulated that “Livestock is responsible for 14.5% of all human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and beef production accounts for 41% of those emissions.”

It continued: “As the cows digest their feed, they produce a lot of methane. This greenhouse gas is released every time the cows burp and fart the methane gas out.”

According to the page’s summary:

At Burger King, we’ve been working on finding scalable solutions to tackle the climate impact of the food we produce and deliver to guests around the world everyday. To do it right, we started with understanding the facts.

From Jeff Bezos’s Amazon announcing it was changing the name of Seattle’s KeyArena to the “Climate Pledge Arena” to Burger King’s cow fart and burp climate change propaganda, corporate America sure seems to have lost its grip in 2020. 

Contact Burger King at 1-866-394-2493 and let them know what you think about the company exploiting children to push rank climate change propaganda in its advertising on social media.