Ex-NYT editor Bari Weiss goes on CNN to denounce ‘world gone mad’ from wokeness and cancel culture (VIDEO)
Former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss drew media attention after telling CNN’s Brian Stelter about censorship and cancel culture, only for him to pretend that it’s not really happening – or if it is, it’s a good thing.
Weiss famously “self-canceled” in July 2020, resigning from the New York Times in protest over the sacking of an opinion editor at the behest of a Twitter mob. She has since set up shop on Substack and hired a group of colleagues.
Appearing on Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ show on Sunday, Weiss tried to explain how the “world has gone mad” with wokeness and cancel culture that led to self-censorship both in the media and elsewhere.
When @BariWeiss describes the kind of madness that we have all witnessed, @BrianStelter pretends as if he doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Such gaslighting is of course a big part of the problem. | pic.twitter.com/q5JZlTl7K1— Mike (@Doranimated) October 18, 2021
Among the examples she cited were the NY Times’ chief Covid-19 reporter calling it “racist” to investigate the lab leak theory; separating children by race in kindergarten and calling it progress; and not being allowed to condemn rioting, say there are differences between men and women, or say that the Hunter Biden laptop story is worth covering.
Stelter took exception to that, talking over Weiss to say he’d “heard about every story you mentioned” and that he could “find them everywhere,” before concluding that “people are allowed to cover whatever they want to cover.”
This got him a lot of flak on social media, with people who remembered CNN’s and his own conduct during the Hunter Biden laptop affair eager to remind him.
Funniest thing in that Bari Weiss interview is when she brings up the Hunter emails and @brianstelter responds “Who's the people stopping the conversation? Who are they?"It was you, Brian.Video from a year ago today:https://t.co/6gnF22JP0y— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 18, 2021
After that two-minute exchange, however, the conversation got a bit more civil. Podcast host Katie Herzog described it as “much more nuanced and interesting (and agreeable) than the clip going around.”
The full interview, almost seven minutes long, was shared on the web on Monday, and served as inspiration for a bit of media navel-gazing. Mediaite, which posted the video, said Weiss “confronted” Stelter. The conservative-leaning Federalist used it to say that Weiss “embarrassed” Stelter on his own show.
Watch Bari Weiss Embarrass Brian Stelter On His Own Show https://t.co/ECiaj4tH8c— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 18, 2021
All of that made Weiss’ name trend on Twitter, which ever-so-helpfully editorialized that she’d argued CNN was censoring “more conservative viewpoints” – before deleting the “conservative” part at some point, presumably due to backlash.
This is a false dichotomy that benefits the ideological priorities of the elite left. @bariweiss isn't just talking about "conservative viewpoints," she's talking about viewpoints that challenge the left's dogma. (Like the lab leak theory.) pic.twitter.com/ozSUQuOIjq— Emily Jashinsky (@emilyjashinsky) October 18, 2021
Stelter himself felt the need to set the record straight, denouncing “snippets” of the interview and offering the full transcript and link to the podcast, where they talked for longer.
Since snippets of my interview with Bari Weiss are "trending," here are pointers to the full convo: – The uncut podcast episode: https://t.co/ns8Fg594Mt – The transcript of the TV segment: https://t.co/pSBRAxIZfF— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 18, 2021
Weiss was trying to make a point she made in her recently published Commentary essay about the ‘Woke Revolution,’ that “canceling” people for “heretical” opinions or actions led to chilling conversations, shutting down thought and even self-censorship by journalists.
“You and I both know, there doesn't need to be an edict from the C suite [executive offices] in order for people to feel that. All they need is to watch an example,” she told Stelter, laying out what she called “disinformation by omission” that is happening “in too much of the mainstream” media.Also on rt.com CNN's Stelter roasted by Glenn Greenwald & others for heralding himself as part of ‘reality-based media’
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