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WSJ Editorial: Cancel Culture And Identity Politics Now Dominates Journalism And American Culture
https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/06/08/wsj-editorial-cancel-culture-identity-politics-now-dominates-journalism-american-culture/

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The Wall Street Journal published an editorial Monday evening arguing that recent firings at two news outlets suggest that journalism has been taken over by identity politics and cancel culture:

The long-time editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who’d seen the publication through difficult times, was pushed out over a headline, “Buildings Matter, Too.” It was atop a piece by architecture critic Inga Saffron, who worried that buildings damaged by violence could “leave a gaping hole in the heart of Philadelphia.” Staff members deemed the headline an offense to Black Lives Matter. They protested, and no amount of apologizing or changes to the headline were enough. Editor Stan Wischnowski didn’t last the week.

At the New York Times, editorial page editor James Bennet resigned Sunday after a staff uproar over an op-ed by a U.S. Senator. Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton wrote that military troops should be sent to restore public order in American cities when the police are overwhelmed. A staff revolt deemed the piece fascist, unconstitutional, and too offensive for adults to read and decide for themselves…

All of this shows the extent to which American journalism is now dominated by the same moral denunciation, “safe space” demands, and identity-politics dogmas that began in the universities. The agents of this politics now dominate nearly all of America’s leading cultural institutions—museums, philanthropy, Hollywood, book publishers, even late-night talk shows.

On matters deemed sacrosanct—and today that includes the view that America is root-and-branch racist—there is no room for debate. You must admit your failure to appreciate this orthodoxy and do penance, or you will not survive in the job.

The connection to campus politics is correct. What happened at Evergreen State College three years ago was like a trial run for the protests taking place nationwide now. Then as now protesters wanted to disband the police, claiming they were afraid the force (total size: six officers) were a threat to black lives. Then as now the mob demanded that anyone who disagreed with their social justice demands be denounced as a racist and summarily fired. Then as now the mob wasn’t interested in debate only compliance. The bending of the knee is a perfect symbolic expression of this movement.

It is like the French Revolution or Stalinist Soviet Union or Maoist China.
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WSJ Editorial: Cancel Culture And Identity Politics Now Dominates Journalism And American Culture
https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/06/08/wsj-editorial-cancel-culture-identity-politics-now-dominates-journalism-american-culture/

It is like the French Revolution or Stalinist Soviet Union or Maoist China.

Pravda also comes to mind.  Thank goodness I didn't go into journalism, although it was my youthful aspiration.  Business school fixed me. :II:
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It is so frustrating to watch this happening. Mob rule is the name of the game and those who disagree have been disarmed.

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WSJ Editorial: Cancel Culture And Identity Politics Now Dominates Journalism And American Culture
https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/06/08/wsj-editorial-cancel-culture-identity-politics-now-dominates-journalism-american-culture/

It is like the French Revolution or Stalinist Soviet Union or Maoist China.

The fate of Robespierre should serve as a cautionary tale for those that endorse mob rule.
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