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Douglas Andrews / October 20, 2021

Bari Weiss Calls Out CNN

When it comes to critiquing cancel culture and the media’s complicity in it, no one does it better than the former New York Times journalist.

CNN’s Brian “Humpty Dumpty” Stelter will no doubt think twice before inviting Bari Weiss onto his “Reliable Sources” show again. Because if Stelter wants reliably progressive opinions, the free-thinking Weiss is about as unreliable as they come.

Weiss, the independent journalist who famously quit The New York Times and has since relaunched her journalistic career at Substack, has taken to exposing the mob, the media, and cancel culture. “There are tens of millions of Americans who aren’t on the hard left or the hard right who feel that the world has gone mad,” she says. “Science is at the mercy of politics. Identity trumps ideas. In the name of progress, art is erased and history is rewritten. Obvious truths are dangerous to say out loud.”

She’s right, of course, but Stelter asked her anyway: “So in what ways has the world gone mad?”

Where can I start? Well, when you have the chief reporter on the beat of COVID for The New York Times talking about how questioning or pursuing the question of the lab leak is racist, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say out loud and in public there are differences between men and women, the world has gone mad. When we’re not allowed to acknowledge that rioting is rioting and it is bad and that silence is not violence, but violence is violence, the world has gone mad. When you’re not able to say the Hunter Biden laptop is a story worth pursuing, the world has gone mad. When, in the name of progress, young school children, as young as kindergarten, are being separated in public schools because of their race, and that is called progress instead of segregation, the world has gone mad. There are dozens of examples.

Stelter pressed on, asking, “Who’s [sic] the people stopping the conversation?”

To which Weiss replied, “People who work at networks, frankly, like the one I’m speaking on right now, [who] say it was racist to investigate the lab leak theory.”

Weiss is what we once would’ve called a classical liberal. She believes in the free and open exchange of ideas, and she believes in the full array of our civil liberties. She has made a name for herself by calling out those who would silence this sort of honest inquiry, and that’s what made her persona non grata at the Times.

Earlier this year, she offered 10 ways to fight back against cancel culture. The first one is: Remind yourself, right now, of the following truth: You are free.

That seemed a bit simplistic, even hackneyed, when we first read it, but not when we consider it more fully and in the context of her nine other pieces of advice, which include sticking to your principles, setting an example for your kids and your community, and worshipping God more than Yale.

There’s strength in numbers, after all, and the mob can’t cancel all of us.

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