Follow-Up: Weiss Quitting NYT Invites Debate About Filter Bubbles, Cancel Culture in Media

Headline Roundup July 16th, 2020

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss resigned this week, citing a hostile work environment. The move reignited conversations about bias and filter bubbles at the Times; opinion editor James Bennet's departure earlier this year followed a controversy over an op-ed from Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. Weiss' resignation letter rebuked the Times and its purported buckling to pressure from prominent voices on social media; she argued that Times leadership is becoming intolerant of non-liberal standpoints.

Right-rated voices joined Weiss in their condemnation of alleged media bias against conservatives, especially at the Times. Left-rated voices generally disagreed with Weiss, arguing that her feeling of being forced out is not the product of cancel culture and is more likely because of her purported anti-LGBTQ and other controversial views. Some center- and right-rated columnists critiqued both sides of the media spectrum for fostering cancel culture and hyperpolarized environments with narrow views.

Follow-Up: Weiss Quitting NYT Invites Debate About Filter Bubbles, Cancel Culture in Media

From the Left
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If you’re familiar with the navel-gazing internecine squabbles of the US national media, you probably know that Bari Weiss, the millennial conservative writer who for years attracted controversy and online consternation for her opinion columns, recently quit the New York Times, saying that the newspaper was insufficiently supportive of her because of her political views.

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From the Center
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OPINION

Those of us blessed with freedom to learn are all — every one of us — in a bubble of our own making. It can be broad and diverse, created from all kinds of information sources. But there is still a bubble.

Which is why opinion pages and books matter so much. They serve to expand the bubble. Columns can nudge us toward new ideas and broader perspectives, but it is a book that punches out the bubble and really expands the mind.

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From the Right
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OPINION

Bari Weiss has resigned from The New York Times. When the management of The Times decided it was missing something about a large segment of America after the shock of Hillary’s defeat in 2016, editorial page editor James Bennet brought her in to offer a perspective that was, by Times standards at least, conservative.

Now Bennet’s gone, victim of a rage mob among his staffers who were angry that he published an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., calling for use of the military against rioters — something a...

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