A spokesman for the Times responded to a request for comment on Weiss’s allegations by insisting that “New York Times Opinion never seeks outside approval or consultation whether to publish guest opinion essays.”
I wouldn't expect it to be a codified or acknowledged practice. Of course it isn't. But of course it happens, directly and indirectly. And the smoky room dwelling powers being consulted, ain't your grandma's evil rich white republicans.
Like many of you, I'm thinking about Salman Rushdie now.
The threat he has lived under for so long–which was so horrifically realized today–was the product, not merely of the hatred and zeal of religious fanatics but of the cowardice and confusion of secularists. Everyone in arts and letters should have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Salman in 1989, thereby distributing the risk. And the fact that so few did is a moral scandal that still casts its shadow over the present.
Good point. I wonder what they were more afraid of. The wrath of Islam, or being considered a bigot? The latter carries a more immediate and inevitable punch, for those who need to be accepted by the left.