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Bari Weiss On Post-Mainstream Media Life And Her Battles In The Culture Wars
Bari Weiss began her career as a mainstream media prodigy, landing coveted positions at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in her early twenties. In 2020, she famously resigned from the Timeswhen conditions there became intolerable for her, famously writing in a public resignation letter that “Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor.” Now Weiss is the publisher of Common Sense, her wildly popular Substack newsletter, and the host of the Honestly with Bari Weiss podcast. Her ambition is nothing short of becoming a 21st-century one-woman media company, and based on what she reveals in this interview, she is well on her way to achieving that goal.
Recorded on February 15, 2022Published in General
I enjoyed this interview. Peter is, as always, the consummate interviewer. Weiss is a unashamed Liberal, but she is also a very bright person. She doesn’t buy the Woke agenda. She is someone that you can actually have a rational discussion with, unlike the vast hordes of unapologetic Wokies who see everything in black and white. I have read a lot of her substack posts and subscribe to FAIR of which she is one of the founders. She is a person with whom you can disagree intellectually, but still find intelligent and reasonable, an extremely rare commodity in today’s world.
Wow, and left of center. Gives me hope.
Great interview. This country needs more common sense.
I watched this yesterday. Very good! I was familiar with Bari but did not know she had her hand in so many projects. She is one of those people for whom the woke made a big mistake in cancelling. It extends her influence, and that is a very good development.
I love Bari and Camille (Paglia) . . . some liberals are good people who don’t bite your head off at the first sign of a different opinion . . .
Peter Robinson is a top notch interviewer; always worth watching. Bari Weiss is a breath of fresh air in that she is a liberal who is intellectually honest. That is a pretty incredible thing to be in 2022.
Uncommon Knowledge fits in a great television tradition, the one-on-one studio interview with subjects worthy of a long conversation. Ed Murrow’s Person to Person may have created the genre. David Susskind, best known to New York audiences, excelled at booking timely guests. CBC interviewer Patrick Watson impressed me on PBS affiliate WNET’s 51st State by modestly interviewing from a position offscreen, so as to make his guests the sole center of attention. Liberal Dick Cavett‘s interviews were watchable because of his humor, a necessity in a genre where one is usually hoping to see the guest smile.
Bari Weiss was a fascinating guest. Our man Peter Robinson does a fine job of drawing out her frustrations working for the New York Times, then her sheer joy at creating alternatives to the “woke” culture as a Substack entrepreneur and as a partner in the University of Austin.
I’m hoping for a follow-up with Ms. Weiss to track her progress on those fronts and possibly to learn exactly how her enterprising liberalism sets her apart from conservative Uncommon Knowledge guests like Douglas Murray, Victor Davis Hanson, and David Mamet.