Ex-New York Times Editor Shares Experience of Being Attacked by HR for Supporting Chick-fil-A, Claiming Bias Against LGBTQ+ Community


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In case you were under the impression that employees at the New York Times should be held in higher regard than the average American newspaper, this story should make you think again.

They are not just left-leaning intelligentsia. They are seemingly loaded with fresh-out-of-university lunatics according to former editor Adam Rubenstein.

Rubenstein’s column for The Atlantic recalls one of his first days working for the “Gray Lady,” and it is beyond hilarious.

At orientation, he had to tell the group about his favorite sandwich. Not wanting to sound snobbish, he opted not to choose more expensive fare and instead “blurted out, ‘The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A.’”

And that’s when the hilarity ensued.

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.

– Adam Rubenstein, The Atlantic

The absurdity of it all almost takes away from an even more serious allegation that Rubenstein makes against the New York Times.

The newspaper, he alleges, did not want to lend credence to the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the 2020 election for fear it would hurt Democrats.

“Was it truly ‘unsubstantiated,’ as the paper kept saying? At the time, it had been substantiated, however unusually, by Rudy Giuliani,” Rubenstein wrote.

“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,” he added. “But starting from a place of party politics and assessing how a particular story could affect an election isn’t journalism.”

– Adam Rubenstein, The Atlantic

The New York Times spent months spreading the conspiracy theory that the Hunter Biden story was “misinformation,” only admitting the laptop was real in March of 2022.

Rubenstein highlights the newspaper’s bias by mentioning how editors were forced to resign for running an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) arguing for National Guard activity to quell race riots.

He also mentions the irony of the staff snapping their fingers in disgust at someone enjoying a sandwich at Chick-fil-a.

X CEO Elon Musk also found humor in the situation, laughing at the story along with others who read Rubenstein’s report.

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