The first time The New York Times’ Bari Weiss showed up on our radar was after the website Babe published that #MeToo hit piece on comic Aziz Ansari. Was he guilty of sexual assault or just of being a bad date? Weiss sided with Ansari, writing an opinion piece called, “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.”

Weiss was hired by The Times in 2017 and is considered one of the more conservative voices at the paper, so naturally the readership hates her, and according to The Huffington Post, employees at the paper hate her too.

The current crisis? It involves a deleted tweet that we’ll let Weiss explain:

Apparently Weiss was guilty of “otherizing” Nagasu, an American citizen by birth.

Weiss is absolutely right about that. Check out the Women’s March’s tweet on the same subject:

ThinkProgress took the immigration angle even further in its coverage:

In a piece in HuffPost Wednesday, Ashley Feinberg (who notably was “not owned” by Sen. Ted Cruz after his Twitter account zinged her over at Deadspin) published some leaked transcripts from Slack, The Times’ internal group chat platform, showing how unhappy people inside the organization are with Weiss.

It’s true; another employee saw Weiss’ tweet and “felt that tweet denied Mirai her full citizenship just as the internment [of Japanese-Americans during World War II] did.”

Some are coming to Weiss’ defense, although Feinberg seems to think they’re all white.

“Conservative” Bret Stephens has survived at The New York Times despite his inaugural column last Spring driving subscribers to near-madness; we imagine Weiss will be OK.


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