Bari Weiss is an American opinion writer and editor, formerly staff editor at The New York Times in the opinion section.
Bari Weiss describes her political philosophy as centrist or moderate. She is Jewish and a lesbian, having dated Kate McKinnon in college.
Several controversies have arisen around her for her support of public discourse of differing viewpoints. She has been a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, with several of her highlights having gone viral on YouTube.
Bari Weiss has written and talked publicly about widespread antisemitism in journalism, politics, and Hollywood. She has been interviewed in several podcasts talking about issues of bigotry, political silencing, cancel culture, and more.
Bari regularly appears on shows like Morning Joe, The View and Bill Maher. Weiss is also the winner of the Reason Foundation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize, which annually honors writing that “best demonstrates the importance of freedom with originality, wit, and eloquence.” Her first book is called "How to Fight Anti-Semitism."
In 2020, she publicly quit the NYT in a public letter that argued that the paper did not foster conversation but rather cowed to Twitter's outspoken progressive accounts. Her letter was a source of controversy itself with several influencers rallying around her message, while others disagreed.