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On Tuesday, Guy Benson — a Townhall editor, Fox News contributor, and co-author of the book End of Discussion — spoke at Brown University about conservatism. End of Discussion, a book he wrote with friend Mary Katharine Ham, is about how it is becoming more prevalent in our culture for discussion on any and all topics to be forcefully shut down by those who cannot and will not abide by the opinions of others. Students at Brown University, in response to this well-respected conservative thinker and defender of the First Amendment, well, attempted to end the discussion. Benson posted this on his personal Instagram today:
I always wonder: who will these students be, where will they work, when they graduate? How can this snowflake culture in college possibly result in a halfway productive workplace?
Today, I got my answer: those incapable of hearing other opinions spend their time working in the media, attacking those who dare to have them for a living.
Wednesday, some journalists at the New York Times, frustrated with the opinions of new opinion editor Bari Weiss, leaked internal chats of her colleagues trash-talking the sole actual liberal thinker in the building. Bari’s offense? My colleague at the Forward, Cathy Young explains,
The latest Twitter mobbing by progressive outrage brigades has been sparked by a tweet that celebrated immigrants the wrong way.
On Monday, New York Times opinion writer and staff editor Bari Weiss tweeted a video of U.S. skater Mirai Nagasu landing a triple axel in the Olympic figure skating competition—the first American woman to accomplish that feat. Weiss commented, “Immigrants: They get the job done,” a reference to the lyrics from “Hamilton.”
Nagasu was actually born in California to Japanese immigrant parents. When some pointed this out, Weiss replied that she felt “the poetic license was kosher.” Her unapologetic stance infuriated critics, among them prominent journalists such as Washington Post writer Ishaan Tharoor and free-lancer David Klion. Under a barrage of accusations that her tweets implied that Americans who are non-white or have “foreign” names are invariably immigrants, Weiss deleted her tweet. When she tweeted again to deplore the backlash, the attacks continued.
The complaints of Weiss’ colleagues were all basically along these lines:
Person B: and frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest. and this is DAILY.
Can you imagine having so blessed a life that this is what cuts deepest? A colleague quoting Hamilton on Twitter?
As Damon Linker and Eli Lake, two actual journalists point out, if anyone at the Times is angry, their fire should be squarely aimed in the direction of the woke leakers, not Weiss.
— Damon Linker (@DamonLinker) February 14, 2018
How the Times handles the Weiss affair is a litmus test for liberal-minded workplaces. Will they bend to the will of the microaggressed mob, or demand its employees join the land of adults? For the sake of our society, here’s hoping we’re expecting adults to behave as such in the real world.