Between 2008 and 2019, total newsroom employment in the United States declined by 23 percent. At newspapers, the drop has been more than 50 percent. Journalists are hardly to blame for the underlying causes of this contraction (which include the long-term shift from physical to digital media, and the growing ad-market share controlled by Google and Facebook). But they can be blamed for the gratuitous acts of self-sabotage that are exacerbating the industry’s woes. Many journalists—and even their unions—now seem more preoccupied with denouncing heresies among colleagues than with maintaining their audience and livelihoods. At the New York Times, to take one obvious case study, op-ed editor James Bennet was hounded out in June after publishing a column that reflected widespread frustration with violent social-justice protests. Bari Weiss, one of the newspaper’s brightest stars, decided to follow Bennett out after enduring an internal newsroom campaign of verbal bullying, which included bizarre claims that she was a racist and a Nazi (these slurs targeting a Jewish woman whose recent book is titled How to Fight Anti-Semitism). …
Jonathan Kay talks to writer Asra Nomani about the campaign to end race-neutral admissions testing at Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia, America’s best public high school—and the disturbing attacks on Asian academic “culture” that have come with it
Jonathan Kay talks to scientific transparency advocate Stuart Buck about how the rapid pace of COVID-19 science has exposed longstanding problems with the methods we use to validate scientific research
Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to concert cellist Daniel Lelchuk about the timeless, global appeal of Beethoven—and the turbulent historical world that inspired the great German composer’s works.
Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to economist-turned-author Jeff Rubin about his new book, The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization—and the devastating consequences of globalization that many progressive thinkers seem reluctant to talk about.
Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to scientist and author Dr Debra Soh about the misinformation being peddled to young people about biological sex and transition—and the most humane ways to help people who experience gender dysphoria. Debra has just published The End of Gender.
Quillette Editor-in-Chief Claire Lehmann talks to Think Inc Founder Suzi Jamil about the rewards and challenges of bringing the world’s greatest thinkers to Sydney—and their new collaboration, Free Thought Live. You can reserve a spot at their first joint event on September 26th—in which the political satirist and television presenter Josh Szeps interviews Professor John McWhorter—here.
Quillette Editor-in-Chief Claire Lehmann talks to Dr. Tanveer Ahmed about how we should accept the presence of shame in our lives without succumbing to despair or outrage mobs.
Tech entrepreneur Chris Best talks about Substack, his self-publishing platform that is attracting journalists like Andrew Sullivan, Jesse Singal and Jen Gerson.