After Bari Weiss and James Bennet, another New York Times alum has broken ranks to criticise the US paper of record. In a scathing piece for the Atlantic today Adam Rubenstein, a former editor on the NYT’s opinion pages, reveals the culture of conformity and censorship which existed at his old workplace. 

In the article, titled “I was a heretic at the New York Times”, the picture which emerges is of an institution captured by progressive values, where the Hunter Biden laptop story was dismissed as “unsubstantiated” and where junior editors would block the publication of conservative opinion pieces.

Matters came to a head when the NYT published an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton in June 2020, advocating the deployment of troops to quell the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, but has America’s establishment press wised up? Apparently not, according to Rubenstein, who argues that “newsrooms haven’t learned the right lessons” from the episode. The subsequent success of Weiss and Bennet should show the NYT that it’s not always easy to burn heretics.