Introducing The Atlantic’s new Letters sectionGoldberg’s appointment as editor of The Atlantic in 2016 demonstrated The Atlantic’s Commitment to Diversity.
JEFFREY GOLDBERG 10:43 AM ET LETTERS
Dear Reader,As editor of The Atlantic, I will of course continue to pay * for anti-white invective from Muslim and Jewish contributors. But no more of your free comments pointing out the ethnic biases of my anti-white writers. Look, Ta-Nehisi Coates stopped allowing comments on his contributions to The Atlantic and everybody knows he’s a genius.
… We want to hear from you, and we want to make it easy for anyone to find and share the most compelling responses to our journalism, and to the most pressing issues of the day.
We’ve also made the not-unrelated decision to close our comments section. Over the years, robust conversation in The Atlantic comments section has too often been hijacked by people who traffic in snark and ad hominem attacks and even racism, misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish invective.
* Please note I’m using the word “pay” rather loosely here. Don’t get your hopes up for how big the check will be for your essay in The Atlantic on how the straight white Christian males running Hollywood have kept Wakanda’s technological advances covered up, especially now that nobody will be clicking on it just to see how much fun the commenters have had with with your thesis.
Instead of hosting these sorts of unhelpful, even destructive, conversations on TheAtlantic.com, we are choosing now to elevate respectful, intelligent discourse and argument. We want smart and critical readers * to have a more visible role on our site, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you, and publishing you.* By “critical readers” I, of course, mean “credulous readers.”
Keep in mind that Jeff [Email him ] got his job for his ace journalistic nose: