Donald McNeil, fired from the New York Times, finally defends himself

After leaving the New York Times for, among other things, uttering the full n-word while accompanying a group of students on a 2019 junket to Peru, Donald McNeil has finally told his part of the story—on the day after he left the paper. The story, in four parts on Medium, was vetted by two lawyers.  … Continue reading Donald McNeil, fired from the New York Times, finally defends himself

An Intelligence-Squared Debate: Has the New York Times lost its way?

Here’s a 64-minute Intelligence-Squared debate on a topic of interest to many of us: “Has the New York Times Lost Its Way?” It’s a debate between four people: two for the motion (“lost its way”) and two against (the paper is fine). Here are the participants. For the Motion: Yascha Mounk – Author, “The People … Continue reading An Intelligence-Squared Debate: Has the New York Times lost its way?

Short take: “Meltdown” at the New York Times

As I have some serious writing to do today, I’ll put up only a few short items which you can consult for yourself. The first comes from a right-wing site, the Washington Free Beacon, but I have no reason to doubt the reporting. (Besides, left-wing sites aren’t keen to report bad behavior at the New … Continue reading Short take: “Meltdown” at the New York Times

Teacher fights for job after repeating student’s use of racial slur when reporting the student for using that racial slur

Of all the people who got in trouble for using racial slurs (usually the “n-word”)—and that includes NYT reporter Donald McNeil, who was fired for asking a student if someone else used the word—this case is the most bizarre and unconscionable.  It happened in the Kansas City, Missouri area of Lee’s Summit, and was reported … Continue reading Teacher fights for job after repeating student’s use of racial slur when reporting the student for using that racial slur

Greenwald on journalistic tattle-tale culture

Glenn Greenwald is a mixed bag, and though I generally agree with what he has to say, I’m not a fan of his angry and often self-aggrandizing tone. That tone is on display in his new Substack column, but it’s a good column and well worth reading. (Substack is now the go-to place for disaffected … Continue reading Greenwald on journalistic tattle-tale culture

Craven New York Times editors discipline a distinguished science writer for using the n-word in a non-malicious way, but then fire him after staffers call for his head

This sad story is cobbled together from two stories at the Washington Post (here and here), two at The Daily Beast (here and here), and then one at the New York Times itself.  This is getting to be a familiar tale: someone at the New York Times commits an act seen as “hate speech”, and … Continue reading Craven New York Times editors discipline a distinguished science writer for using the n-word in a non-malicious way, but then fire him after staffers call for his head

“Intent is not irrelevant”: New York Times spikes a Bret Stephens column critical of the paper, the New York Post publishes it

According to the New York Post (click on screenshot below), New York Times columnist Bret Stephens wrote a piece criticizing his editors and many staffers for asserting that, in firing science reporter Donald McNeil for saying the n-word, the intent of his utterance did not matter. That, of course, is absolutely ludicrous. In fact, I … Continue reading “Intent is not irrelevant”: New York Times spikes a Bret Stephens column critical of the paper, the New York Post publishes it

Bret Stephens writes another dangerous column

I swear, Bret Stephens is bucking for a New York Times pink slip and a slot on Substack along with the other canceled columnists. Not long ago, Stephens wrote a column for his paper about the firing of his colleague Donald McNeil, concentrating on the Times‘s excuse that McNeil deserved firing for using the n-word … Continue reading Bret Stephens writes another dangerous column