Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz recently made an eyebrow-raising claim about her former employer, the New York Times, accusing the outlet of only allowing those on its payroll to espouse “right wing opinions.”
Taylor Lorenz is so far radical left wing that the NY Times seems right wing to her.
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) December 13, 2023
Lorenz said that subject matter dealing with cyberbullying and doxing was referred to as “left wing opinion,” and, as such, she was not allowed to speak out about the topics during her tenure at the New York Times.
On Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s social media platform, Threads, Lorenz called out her former employer.
“Anyone who’s worked as a journalist at the NYT knows that journalists there are absolutely allowed to loudly espouse political opinions, you just have to espouse the *right* political opinions. Right wing opinions are fine, left wing opinions are not,” Lorenz wrote.
Lorenz added that she “wasn’t allowed to express” her beliefs about cyberbullying during her tenure at the New York Times and “also once had to delete a tweet where I said I don’t like living in America lol.”
“But saying ‘wokes’ are taking over campus is totally fine in their book,” the Washington Post journalist continued.
Lorenz’s Threads post garnered plenty of attention on X, formerly known as Twitter, including from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
Musk reacted to the post, writing, “The parody writes itself.”
A former writer for the New York Times, Adam Rubenstein, suggested that Lorenz “lives in an alternate reality.
Lorenz’s claims were promoted in an article written by the co-founder of the leftist Discourse Blog, Jack Mirkinson, who cited the New York Times’ rules regarding employees voicing their opinions in favor of or against the ongoing Middle East War between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization.
In his article, Mirkinson cited stories from two New York Times employees, claiming that “if you are a New York Time staffer … and you sign an open letter in support of Palestine, you have crossed a bright red line and gone so far beyond the limits of your job description that there can be no future for you at the paper.”
Mirkinson continued by saying that if you “want to directly link protests against the war on Gaza to the idea that left-wing activism at universities is ‘dangerous,’ … you not only get to do that, but they will put it on the front page of the newspaper.”