New reports indicate that employees of the New York Times are increasingly “fatigued” and tired of endless social media controversies involving Times writers.
Most prominently, neocon op-ed writer Bret Stephens became a target of widespread mockery after targeting a college professor for calling him a “bedbug” on Twitter. The establishment media operative went on to delete his own Twitter account, claiming that the platform brought out the “worst in humanity.”
Another longtime liberal centrist editor, Jonathan Weisman, was demoted by the Times after he used racially charged rhetoric when discussing freshman Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Weisman claimed the Muslim Democrats had a tenuous connection to their own congressional districts.
The Times’ publisher, A.G Sulzberger, sent a staff email about recent Twitter controversies involving Times employees. He claimed the Times wouldn’t “intimidated” by those who expose embarrassing old tweets and social media mishaps of its employees, but he asked NYT staffers to be more careful about the content they post online.
It’s rich to see the New York Times play the victim for being burned over old tweets and social media embarrassments. The “paper of record” has utilized similar tactics in hope of embarrassing conservatives, but apparently they believe they’re being unfairly targeted when independent journalists and researchers use their own reporting methods to expose them.
The Times has claimed a group of Trump supporters in online media have been working to compile humiliating tweets and posts created by its employees. Such a practice would seem to be standard procedure for liberal mainstream media operatives trying to embarrass conservatives, but the Times seems to regard it as a devious plot when they’re being targeted for the cringeworthy content of its own employees.
If getting burned for their own old tweets proves to be too excruciating for New York Times employees, they’ll always have the option of deactivating their Twitter accounts, as Bret Stephens did after effectively labelling himself a “bedbug” for life.
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