She said she was openly smeared and demeaned by colleagues who didn’t fear their behavior would be checked.
“Showing up to work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” Weiss wrote.
Kathleen Kingsbury, acting editorial page editor at the newspaper, said she wants to ensure that viewpoints from across the political spectrum are published.
The Times didn’t address Weiss’ specific harassment allegations.
“We’re committed to fostering an environment of honest, searching and empathetic dialogue between colleagues, one where mutual respect is required of all,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.
On Twitter, Sullivan wrote that “the mob” bullied Weiss for thought crimes “and her editors stood by and watched.”
Later, he tweeted that he was resigning as a columnist at New York magazine for “reasons that are pretty self-evident.” He didn’t specify those reasons but said he’ll have a farewell column later this week and will continue his work elsewhere.
In a June 12 column titled “Is There Still Room to Debate?” Sullivan wrote about an increasingly furious campaign to quell dissent from the central idea that society’s evils stem from discrimination against Blacks.
“In these past two weeks, if you didn’t put up on Instagram or Facebook some kind of slogan or symbol displaying your wokeness, you were instantly suspect,” he wrote.
David Haskell, editor-in-chief of New York magazine, said he and Sullivan both agreed that his ideas and the magazine’s were no longer a match.
While I found myself often disagreeing with his politics, I also found it valuable to be publishing work that challenged my thinking, he said in a memo to staff members.
He said he’ll continue to push work that challenges the liberal assumptions of much of New York’s readership, while acknowledging that such commentary is difficult to get right in 2020. (AP)