WaPo Journalist Wildly Claims NYTs Only Allows Rightwing Opinions

Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz claimed in a Threads post on Monday that her former employer, the New York Times, only allows its employees to voice right-wing opinions.

“Anyone who’s worked as a journalist at the NYT knows that journalists there are absolutely allowed to loudly espouse political opinions, you just have to espouse the *right* political opinions,” Lorenz wrote in a post on Mark Zuckerberg’s X.com competitor Threads. “Right-wing opinions are fine, left-wing opinions are not,” she added.

To support her assertion, the Washington Post journalist cited opposition to online harassment and doxing as examples of “left-wing opinions.” She claimed that while working for the New York Times, she “wasn’t allowed to express the ‘opinion’ that online harassment was a bad thing, in the midst of having my entire family harassed and doxxed.”

Lorenz, who in 2022 famously doxxed the woman behind the popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok, also wrote that while working for the Times she “once had to delete a tweet where I said I don’t like living in America lol.” She concluded, “But saying ‘wokes’ are taking over campus is totally fine in their book.”

The post quickly spread from Threads to X.com, where it went far more viral, pulling in several critics to ridicule the odd claim. Former New York Times and NYT Opinion journalist Adam Rubenstein wrote, “This person lives in an alternate reality.” Replying to a screencap of the Threads post by Not The Bee, X.com owner Elon Musk said, “The parody writes itself.”

The New York Times does publish leftwing opinions. One example is a piece titled, “The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory.” Another is, “‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism.” Yet another, “How to Parent Like a Bolshevik,” claims, “The first generation of Soviet revolutionaries raised their children amid a culture of romance and certainty.”

Media bias watchdog AllSides rates the New York Times with a decidedly “Left” bias. In a 2016 article titled, “Why Readers See The Times as Liberal,” the newspaper acknowledged it has a leftwing bias problem in the perception of its readers.