New York Times writer says he was chided during staff orientation for liking Chick-Fil-A's spicy chicken sandwich 🤣
· Feb 26, 2024 ·

Guys, I thought I knew just how insane the lefties over at The New York Times were, but I've gotta admit it: I was not prepared for this.

This is from an Adam Rubenstein piece over at The Atlantic. I'll copy and paste the opening paragraphs here so it's easier to read:

On one of my first days at The New York Times, I went to an orientation with more than a dozen other new hires. We had to do an icebreaker: Pick a Starburst out of a jar and then answer a question. My Starburst was pink, I believe, and so I had to answer the pink prompt, which had me respond with my favorite sandwich. Russ & Daughters' Super Heebster came to mind, but I figured mentioning a $19 sandwich wasn't a great way to win new friends. So I blurted out, 'The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A,' and considered the ice broken.

The HR representative leading the orientation chided me: 'We don't do that here. They hate gay people.' People started snapping their fingers in acclamation. I hadn't been thinking about the fact that Chick-fil-A was transgressive in liberal circles for its chairman's opposition to gay marriage. 'Not the politics, the chicken,' I quickly said, but it was too late. I sat down, ashamed.

A New York Times HR representative is lecturing a new hire on the politics of chicken sandwiches, saying "We don't do that here" when discussing eating at Chick-fil-A.

This is the world's paper of record. It is supposed to be the most influential paper. But employees are told where they can and can't eat lunch!

The man who wrote this piece, Adam Rubenstein, identifies as a moderate, sort-of-anti-Trump conservative. He quickly discovered that The New York Times has no room for anyone to the right of, say, Stalin.

Being a conservative — or at least being considered one — at the Times was a strange experience. I often found myself asking questions like 'Doesn't all of this talk of "voter suppression" on the left sound similar to charges of "voter fraud'"on the right?' only to realize how unwelcome such questions were. By asking, I'd revealed that I wasn't on the same team as my colleagues, that I didn't accept as an article of faith the liberal premise that voter suppression was a grave threat to liberal democracy while voter fraud was entirely fake news.

Or take the Hunter Biden laptop story: Was it truly 'unsubstantiated,' as the paper kept saying? At the time, it had been substantiated, however unusually, by Rudy Giuliani. Many of my colleagues were clearly worried that lending credence to the laptop story could hurt the electoral prospects of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

This dude, the most milquetoast "conservative" you've ever heard of, was unwelcome at the New York Times because of its ideological purity.

We all know it's this way, but just seeing the evidence from within is something!

It's really quite something that this guy felt out of place while "conservative Christians" like David French are writing for The Times every week.

Makes ya think!

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