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NY Times staffer wanted to check with Schumer before running Sen. Tim Scott op-ed, Bari Weiss says

Former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss revealed that the paper considered asking Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for approval on publishing a GOP op-ed.

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In 2020, according to former New York Times writer Bari Weiss, a Times employee allegedly tried to get Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, to sign off on an opinion piece written by Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.

During the most recent episode of her podcast, “Honestly with Bari Weiss,” which had Scott as a featured guest, Weiss related the tale of clear media bias.

Weiss was heard explaining the incident to the South Carolina Senator in the audio clip, which Mediaite discovered on Thursday.

Weiss remembered the disagreement among newsroom colleagues over whether to publish an article on Scott’s 2020 legislation, the Justice Act, which she referred to as a “illiberal climate.” Weiss made headlines in 2020 when she quit the New York Times.

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Weiss and Scott discussed the 2020 bill during the episode, which was created to achieve bipartisan police reform following the Minneapolis police officers’ death of George Floyd. The legislation never became a law.

Weiss told Scott, “I want to tell you a small anecdote that I’m not sure if you know,” about the time the New York Times staff discussed whether to publish the Senator’s “op-ed on the bill and why it broke apart” in 2020.

She went on, “And this is the bit I’m unsure if you are familiar with. The article and whether or not we should run it were discussed. Do you think the Republicans truly care about minority rights?, a more senior colleague asked a more junior colleague who was pushing for the article.”

Scott responded to the slur with “Wow.”

Weiss’ narrative went on. “The less experienced colleagues then remarked, “I believe Tim Scott cares about minority rights.” The next section is the most shocking of all. Let’s check with Senator Schumer before we run it, the senior colleague remarked “The story’s clincher was recalled by the journalist.

According to Weiss, the younger staff member was reluctant to contact the House Minority Leader due to ethical concerns.

“Do you find that surprising to hear? Or do you feel that the media has handled you and perhaps some of your coworkers in a similar manner?” Weiss questioned the congressman, but Scott maintained he wasn’t and noted that he had previously encountered such behavior.

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“That makes me sad to hear. That is not surprising to me at all. You must keep in mind that The Washington Post fact-checked my life, he said, citing how it took “three or four months” for the newspaper to examine “records to find out whether or not my grandfather actually left school in the third grade; their records suggested he left in the fourth grade, but still didn’t learn to read.”

“The Senator said, “There is something national media tries to depict any conservatives, particularly Black conservatives, as being deceitful or phony or a tool for the conservatives. They wanted to know if I had somehow hidden my silver spoon and was just using a plastic spoon instead. Contrary to popular belief, the Black community is always as conservative as any community.”

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