The New York Times is standing by its decision to hire Sarah Jeong as an editorial board member, even after it learns that Ms. Jeong spent years on social media making openly racist and sexist remarks about white men.
The paper is free to hire whomever it wants, of course, writes Jason L. Riley in the WSJ. But if the Times insists on continuing to lecture readers on the growing intolerance on the political right and its non-stop Trump-is-a-bigot coverage, should the paper give a pass to Sarah Jeong?
The liberals who control most major media outlets specialize in applying different standards to different groups. Like the Times, Twitter had no problem with Ms. Jeong’s repugnant observations. Scores of tweets that included offensive phrases—“#cancelwhitepeople”; “are White people genetically disposed to burn faster in the sun?”; “White people have stopped breeding. you’ll all go extinct soon. that was my plan all along”—didn’t faze Jack Dorsey’s content monitors. But when conservative activist Candace Owens decided last weekend to reproduce Ms. Jeong’s posts and replace “white” with “black” or “Jewish,” Twitter temporarily suspended her account. Following a backlash, Twitter restored the account and claimed that “we made an error.”
The Grey Lady attacks President Trump as a racist and sexist on a near-daily basis, and columnists like Charles Blow write about little else. So is it hypocritical for the paper to hire and defend a new editorial board member who has made no secret of her own biases? Of course it is, but that’s considered beside the point by people who share Ms. Jeong’s worldview.
The president’s attacks on the media are often misguided and overstated … but major news outlets are doing plenty to erode public confidence in the news without any help from Mr. Trump.
Welcome to another example of the left’s inconsistency on race. If the goal is a postracial America, why does racial identity continue to be liberalism’s overriding obsession? Why is racism viewed as something to redirect rather than end outright? If you’re situated on the progressive left, racist views are OK to harbor so long as they’re targeted at the right groups for the proper reasons?
Read more from Mr. Riley here.