Bari Weiss resigned from the NY Times in July after months of riling up her progressive colleagues behind the scenes with favorable pieces on the “Intellectual Dark Web,” a group perhaps best known for their criticisms of woke politics.
On the same day that Weiss announced her departure, Andrew Sullivan also announced he was leaving New York Magazine. Sullivan was very blunt about why he’d been asked to move on.
A critical mass of the staff and management at New York Magazine and Vox Media no longer want to associate with me…They seem to believe, and this is increasingly the orthodoxy in mainstream media, that any writer not actively committed to critical theory in questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity is actively, physically harming co-workers merely by existing in the same virtual space. Actually attacking, and even mocking, critical theory’s ideas and methods, as I have done continually in this space, is therefore out of sync with the values of Vox Media.