Acting collectively across their company’s Slack channel, New York Times employees were recently able to get their paper’s opinion editor, James Bennet, ousted for running an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.). Employees claimed it made them “unsafe,” which is HR-speak for “I’ll sue if you don’t fire him.” Bennet was made to endure a socially distanced virtual struggle session with Times employees before his career ended. Meanwhile, the very same week, the Pulitzer Prize–winning editor behind the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, was explaining that destroying property “is not violence.” Got it now? Op-eds are violence; acts of arson …
This article appears as “The Love Affair with Riots” in the July 6, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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