Brian Stelter was humiliated by former New York Times reporter Bari Weiss on his own show. Stelter asked about a piece she wrote and asks, “you write ‘there are tens of millions of Americans who aren’t on the hard left or on the hard right who feel the world has gone mad.”
“So” asks Stelter, “in what ways has the world gone mad?”
Well, when you have the chief reporter on the beat of COVID for The New York Times talking about how questioning or pursuing the question of the lab leak is racist, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say out loud in public that there are differences between men and women, the world has gone mad. When we’re not allowed to acknowledge that rioting is rioting and it is bad; and that silence is not violence but violence is violence, the world has gone mad. When we’re not able to say that Hunter Biden’s laptop is a story worth pursuing, the world has gone mad. When, in the name of progress, young school children as young as kindergarten are being separated in public schools because of their race, and that is called ‘progress’ rather than ‘segregation’, the world has gone mad. There are dozens of examples.
Stelter tried to play gotcha, only to be absolutely embarrassed by the truth bomb Weiss threw back at him. “You say we’re not allowed and we’re not able. Who’s the people stopping the conversation? Who are they?” he asked.
Weiss began to answer, chuckling “people that work at networks like, frankly like the one I’m speaking on right now who try and claim that, you know, it was racist to investigate the lab-leak theory…”
Stelter cuts her off, “But I’m just saying, when you say ‘allowed’ I just think it’s a provocative thing to say. You say ‘we’re not allowed to talk about these things’ but they’re all over the internet, I can google them I can find them everywhere…people are allowed to cover whatever they want to cover.”
Yet again Weiss smacks him into reality. “You and I both know, and it would be delusional to claim otherwise, that touching your finger to an increasing number of subjects that have been deemed third rail by the mainstream institutions and increasingly by some of the tech companies, will lead to reputational damage, perhaps you losing your job, your children sometimes being demonized as well. And so what happens is a kind of internal self-censorship. This is something that I saw over and over again when I was at The New York Times.”
Weiss gained attention after she quit writing for the New York Times’ opinion section in 2020 with a scathing resignation letter. She wrote about the “illiberal environment” which was a toxic environment full of bullying by left-wing colleagues. “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery” she wrote.