Blogger and columnist Andrew Sullivan publicized on Tuesday that he is resigning from his post in New York magazine, after joining the publication on 2016. This came shortly after another news from another publication, the New York Times, is losing one of their editors, columnist Bari Weiss.
In a series of tweets that he shared, he announced about his departure. “This will be my last week at New York magazine,” Sullivan revealed. He further thanked his co-staffers that he had the chance of working with. The 56-year old columnist also expressed how he is unhappy about leaving the “finest” editors in the country.
However, the reason for the exit of New York magazine’s writer-at-large was not mentioned, but he said that it is obvious why he is resigning. But he assured that he is going to state the cause behind his departure. On the same Twitter thread, he wrote: “The underlying reasons for the split are pretty self-evident, and I’ll be discussing the broader questions involved in my last column this Friday.”
This will be my last week at New York Magazine.
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) July 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Weiss of the New York Times made the announcement of her resignation on her blog. “It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times,” she wrote on her letter addressed to Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger. She has been with the editorial for three years. Unlike Sullivan, she revealed her exit is due to alleged bullying from her workmates whose opinions differ from hers.
The 36-year old journalist shared some of her unpleasant experiences with the publication. She said that she was accused of being a Nazi and a racist, some also labeled her as a liar on bigot over social media, “with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.” Even those who acted friendly towards her, she noted, were also being “badgered” by other staff.
She further added: “There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know this is wrong.” She then mentioned how the publication, though standing by her privately praising her bravery, let such conduct to continue.
“But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times,” she wrote, adding that “self-censorship has become the norm.” To her, the publication has played it safe and Twitter has become their “ultimate editor.”
According to CNN’s published article online, they have received confirmation about Sullivan’s separation from the publication according to a memo delivered to staff members by editor in chief of New York magazine, David Haskell.
“Andrew and I agreed that his editorial project and the magazine’s, though overlapping in many ways, were no longer the right match for each other,” Haskell wrote in the memo.
Sullivan further noted that he has “been preparing” for such to happen, and that his “column will continue elsewhere.” This coming Friday, he said that he is going to share further details. The author also pointed out in his tweets that he has “no beef with my colleagues, many of whom I admire and are friends.”
Forbes noted that New York Times are yet to make a comment about Weiss’s exit. However, the acting Editorial Page Editor Kathleen Kingsbury told the press: “We appreciate the many contributions that Bari made to Times opinion. I’m personally committed that The Times continues to publish voices, experiences, and viewpoints from across the political spectrum in the Opinion report.”
Sullivan sympathized with Weiss, in another tweet writing that “intimidation of younger, less recognized writers and thinkers who challenge leftism” is a real problem.