米国大手メディアで偏向報道に反発する有力スタッフの退職が相次ぐ

【The New York TimesでOpinion欄を任されていた執筆者の一人Bari Weiss】

2016年大統領選の際、The New York Times社がトランプ選出を予想できなかった理由は、米国社会に存在する多様な意見をNYTが無視し、特定勢力の意見のみを掲載していたから。どの問題を記事にするか決めるとき、Twitter上での評判を気にする編集方針が良くない。こうした意見を表明したら、社内で様々ないじめを受けた。

本人の告発文
https://www.bariweiss.com/resignation-letter
それを受けたNYTの記事
Bari Weiss Resigns From New York Times Opinion Post
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/business/media/bari-weiss-resignation-new-york-times.html



【MSNBCのプロデューサーAriana Pekary】

思想と内容には多様性が認められるべきで、時には人々が今重要だと感じていないテーマを取り上げることも必要なのに、偏向した内容しか報道することができない。コロナの議論は本来、科学的であるべきなのに、政治になっていて、おかしい。こうした悩みを知り合いの同業者に打ち明けたら、「我々は(社会の?)ガンで、治療法がない」と言われた。

本人の告発文
Personal news: why I’m now leaving MSNBC
https://www.arianapekary.net/post/personal-news-why-i-m-now-leaving-msnbc
MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary slams network as ‘cancer’ after quitting job
https://nypost.com/2020/08/04/msnbc-producer-calls-network-a-cancer-after-quitting-job/
MSNBC producer resigns from network with scathing letter: They block 'diversity of thought' and 'amplify fringe voices'
Ariana Pekary said important facts and studies about the coronavirus would 'get buried'
https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-producer-ariana-pekary-letter



米ツイッター、政府系メディアのアカウントにラベル 中国新華社など
8/7(金) 3:54配信
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/4ebb6c6b099f4e2a444b43bc9d562cff3855cdee
米短文投稿サイトのツイッターは6日、政府が関与していると判断したメディアのアカウントにラベルを付けると発表した。こうしたメディアの幹部のほか、一部政府当局者のアカウントにもラベルを付ける。

ツイッターの広報担当者によると、ロシアのスプートニクとRT(旧称ロシア・トゥデイ)のほか、中国の新華社などのアカウントにラベルが付けられる。ラベルを付けるメディア全体の一覧表は公表しなかったが、米国のメディアは含まれていないとした。

ツイッターはブログで「政府が直接、もしくは間接的に関与しているメディアであるかどうか、ツイッター利用者に知る権利がある」とした。

ツイッターは、政府が資金力、もしくは政治的な圧力を通して編集に関与しているメディアを政府関連メディアと定義。国営メディアであっても編集面で独立している米NPRや英BBCなどは対象としない。

・・・一部外国メディアにだけ印を付けている場合か。米国自身はどうなってるんだって話ですね。

「国営メディアであっても編集面で独立している米NPRや英BBCなどは対象としない」は笑う所ですね。



(追記)
Bari Weissと、別の会社を辞めた記者の2人はユダヤ人で、社内で反ユダヤ問題の記事を掲載するよう執拗に要求していたため、同僚から「またユダヤ問題ですか?」とウザがられ、退職に追い込まれたことがわかりました。

本人の告発文では、「またユダヤ問題」という一番重要な情報を隠し、会社が悪いという作文に仕上げているわけですが、彼らにそのような行動を取るよう促している本国のThe Jerusalem Postが赤裸々に暴露してしまうという。こういうのを「頭隠して尻隠さず」という(笑)。

Bari Weiss, Rose Ritch resign after harassed over their Jewish identities
In an environment where monuments are being torn down, antisemitic rhetoric can no longer be given a “pass.”
By LISA ANSELL
AUGUST 10, 2020 04:20
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/resignations-of-2-female-jewish-voices-and-the-failure-of-cancel-culture-638036

The past two weeks have seen the resignations of two powerful Jewish female voices: former New York Times editor and columnist Bari Weiss, and former University of Southern California student government vice president Rose Ritch. Weiss and Ritch both cited outright hostility against their Jewish identities and solidarity with the State of Israel as the reasons for their decisions to step down from their positions.

At first glance, both women appear to check all of the requisite boxes on the progressive checklist of suitable qualifications to hold such positions. Weiss cites her accomplishments of bringing in political dissidents, minority voices and other “voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages,” while Ritch cites her plurality of identities including “queer, femme or cisgender” as rendering her qualified “as electable when the student body voted last February.”

Yet in her resignation letter excoriating the blatant hypocrisy she had experienced during her tenure at the Times, Weiss signals that the “lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to democratic society have not been learned.”

Both Weiss and Ritch assert that it is their respective Jewish identities that have led to their verbal harassment and vilification in the physical and virtual space. Ritch’s critics argue that her support for Israel has rendered her complicit in racism and by consequence guilty of espousing racist ideology. In her resignation letter, Ritch cites an aggressive social media campaign designed “to impeach her Zionist ass,” despite university claims to “nurture an environment of mutual respect and tolerance.”

Similarly, in her letter of resignation, Weiss cites “constant bullying” by colleagues who disagreed with her views. “They have called me a Nazi racist,” chiding her about “writing about the Jews again.” In addition, several of her colleagues insisted that Weiss be rooted out if the company is to be a “truly inclusive” publication.

As David Suissa, editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, so keenly identifies in his recent article assessing Ritch’s resignation, “Arguably the worst insult in America today – ‘racist’ – is being weaponized against Jews who have the nerve to support the existence of a Jewish state.”

The irony of this statement cannot be understated, and the inherent perils that the current climate of cancel culture presents cannot be ignored. In an environment where monuments are being torn down and, in the case of USC, buildings are being renamed in a campus-wide effort to right the wrongs of historic fascist and even Nazi affiliations, antisemitic rhetoric can no longer be given a “pass.”

THE ATTACKS on Ritch are part of the broader corrosive influence of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that has permeated the mainstream of progressive consciousness. By suggesting that Ritch’s support for a Jewish homeland would somehow render her “unfit for office or justify her impeachment” in effect resurrects the oldest of Dreyfus Affair level antisemitic tropes that call into question the primary loyalties of Jews who hold public office and “holding Jews responsible for the actions of the Israeli government.”

Political disagreements have always fueled the fabric of intellectual debate and especially on a college campus. Yet in Ritch’s case, labeling her Zionism as racism effectively silenced her voice in the debate and rendered her fair game to be canceled under the guise of political correctness, which bends far toward the side of the anti-Israel narrative.

What we are witnessing is a collective silencing of those who do not hold these toxic antisemitic views by those who do, ironically similar to the voices of moderate Islam squelched by the voices of extremism. Throughout modern history, intellectual curiosity and a sense of civic responsibility to repair what was broken in society were pursuits identified with both the college campus (think Berkeley of the ‘60’) and the printing press (thing Enlightenment). Yet, what we are seeing on college campuses and in the press is a narrowing of the acceptable definition of “woke” consciousness, where membership is qualified by an asterisk that Jews need not apply.

Our nation is at a crossroads with an upending of long-held beliefs, practices and even social institutions being questioned and redefined to fit the zeitgeist of the current political climate. We are not exempt from these vital conversations, nor should we shirk from necessary inward introspection as we strive to repair a world so broken by racism, elitism and discrimination.

However, it is incumbent upon us to root out the misguided and misinformed ideology that has led to the resignation of these two powerful and important voices, and to decry all antisemitic rhetoric at every occurrence with a zero-tolerance policy. After all, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” (Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14)

The writer is an associate director of the USC Casden Institute, and lecturer of Hebrew language at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Los Angeles.

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