News & Opinion | July 14, 2020 11:34 am

Bari Weiss Is Leaving the “New York Times”

The controversial opinion writer confirmed her departure to Vice

The New York Times Headquarters
Bari Weiss is no longer an op-ed writer for The New York Times. (Tiffany Hagler-Geard/ Getty)
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Controversial New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss is leaving the newspaper, according to Vice.

“When reached by phone, Weiss did not want to offer any further comment beyond confirming that she was out,” the publication reported. “According to an internal source, she was removed from the staff directory sometime in the past week.”

Weiss’s departure comes in the wake of what she recently described as a “civil war” within the Times between “(mostly young) wokes” and “mostly 40+ liberals.”

Weiss also was one of the 150 people who recently signed an open letter published by Harper’s that raised concerns over “cancel culture,” despite her own alleged multiple attempts to get people who disagree with her fired from their jobs.

There’s already speculation on social media about where Weiss will end up next, with Ashley Feinberg guessing Tablet or Quillette and David Klion noting that Weiss’s recent column about Joe Rogan might provide some clues.

Weiss, joined the Times in 2017 after four years at the Wall Street Journal. Weiss has claimed her exit from her previous employer was due to her anti-Trump stance and that the paper told her she didn’t “have the standing to write about these things, or that they were too anti-Trump.” In 2019, she published the book How to Fight Anti-Semitism, just a few months after a Vanity Fair article called her a “Trump-loathing theater nerd who studied at a feminist yeshiva and used to date Kate McKinnon.” She also led a controversial protest at Columbia, and popularized the “intellectual dark Web.” “The animating energy right now in the culture is destruction,” the controversial writer who seems to rankle people on both sides of the political spectrum in equal measure said in the article. “The casual dehumanization, from the left and the right, is so appalling to me.”

Weiss published her resignation letter — in which she claims she was “the subject of constant bullying” by her Times coworkers — to publisher A.G. Sulzberger online. You can read it in full below.

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