It is hard to tell what is more sad and distressing, The New York Times belief that Sarah Jeong’s prior and copious racist rants did not disqualify her from serving on its editorial board or, the pathetic attempts by those on the left to defend her reprehensible comments.
The Times ludicrous response to the public outcry over her hiring was that her acerbic and racist comments were of no consequence as they were written in response to internet trolls attacking Jeong because she was Asian and a woman. Those who believes such unadulterated nonsense must surely have an IQ in the single digits.
Other progressives have argued that Jeong’s comments were justified because whites are irredeemably racist or are insufficiently aware they are irredeemable racists. Other defenses of Jeong are utterly incoherent, the most notable of which, unsurprisingly, comes from Vox
Some conservative commentators, such as Kevin Williamson have argued that the Times should ignore the pressure from the online lynch mob and stand by their decision, reasoning that conservative writers should be similarly immune from the irascibility by those on the left.
The problem with this argument is it describes an ideal world where the right would be judged and benefit from the same standard that would be applied to the left. This, however, is a not the world that we have been living in for the past twenty years, which severely diminishes their argument for a cease fire.
The reality, regrettably, is that the left has operated from the principle that they can establish standards, insist on their applicability for conservatives, yet at the same time, absolve themselves from the very same standards they have established . That is the issue in the Jeong matter. Those conservatives who argue that we should let sleeping dogs lie miss the significance of protesting the hiring of Sarah Jeong as monumentally hypocritical.
Williamson himself was subjected to the hypocrisy of the left on this issue, when he was hired by the Atlantic and then summarily dismissed for previous comments he had made that upset progressives sensibilities.
Conservative should continue thieir criticism of the Times as to expose the Intellectual infantilism of progressivism.