After being heavily criticized for her latest column, Bari Weiss can count New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters as a supporter of her work.
In the closing moments of “Morning Joe” Thursday, Peters said he wasn’t a fan of the growing rise of microaggressions on college campuses and said it was turning the next generation of Americans into wimps.
“Just think about the way people on college campuses talk about speech, as a form of aggression,” he said. “That term microaggression, that you are actually wounding someone. It’s just — it’s totally changed the way that we interact with one another and really I think made wusses out of our college kids.”
Just moments earlier, the show welcomed Weiss herself, who offered a passionate defense of her latest Times column, “We’re All Fascists Now,” which addressed many of the same themes. Weiss was heavily criticized on social media over the piece, with most of the criticism focusing on her mistakenly linking to a bogus Antifa account.
“I made a mistake and I corrected it, which is what we do in the newspaper business and I apologized immediately as soon as I saw it,” she said while addressing the issue on “Morning Joe.” “It’s very hard, as we’ve learned from the last election, sometimes you fall for troll accounts. That’s what I did.”
Peters’ dismissal of microaggressions and the “wusses” who worry about them flies in the face of some of the complaints of his own colleagues about Weiss herself.
In February, defiant Times staffers leaked internal Slack messages to HuffPost, disparaging Weiss and accusing her of microaggressions over some recent tweets.
“Frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest. and this is DAILY,” wrote one aggrieved employee,
“I didn’t know if I had the energy to address micro aggressions and /or defend my right to feel frustrated at something other people might look at as not a big deal. I’m glad you had the courage to mention this!” said another in solidarity.