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Why The New York Times Won’t Talk To Me (about My New Book)

You want to publish a New York Review of Books article, but you’re unsure if this book is going to make you famous.

I was asked to speak about how the NY Times doesn’t publish anything about people that are not Jewish-American – especially about Jews that are non-religious or spiritual, such as I am. This is a very interesting question that I have always considered and that remains to this day. I thought it would be best to put it on my blog to let people know the truth, without being overly defensive or self-righteous.

I had to first answer this very question by reading a number of books, including a number by Jews such as Seymour Martin Lipset, Seymour Reich and John Hoberman. 

I thought that the answers to this question would be:

The NY Times won’t publish anything about people that are not Jewish-American (even though not all of them are Jewish). This means that even people who say they are non-religious or spiritual (i.e. they aren’t religious, or they don’t practice it regularly) aren’t going to be published by the NY Times and that is an enormous problem.

There is a lot of Jewish influence in the NY Times. Jewish influence at the NY Times has reached such a degree that if a certain Jew feels that they do not want their name or picture published, the NY Times won’t publish about that.

All Jewish people do not believe in the same religion. One of the fundamental differences between Jews and gentiles today is the extent to which Jews believe in the Jewish people (i.e the Jewish God), or the Jewish people as a group. The main difference is that Jews are more inclined to say “We are all one in the Jewish people” and/or “The one thing that unites us is the Jewish people.” This makes Jewish people feel more comfortable in “Jewish spaces.” The problem with trying to be a non-Jewish person is that the majority of the NY Times will never say “We are Jewish but not Jewish-American.” They will say “Ach, it’s all the same to us.” 

In all fairness to the NY Times, I understand the position they are in when it comes to publishing non-Jewish writers. This is why there are so few non-Jewish authors published. They don’t want to be outed as saying that they are Jewish but don’t think that it should disqualify them from being published in these places.

But if we believe that being Jewish is a religious thing, then why is it okay for the NY Times to publish books about the spiritual beliefs of Jews? What makes it okay that other religions or non-Christian religions or non-Western religions aren’t considered for publication? Do some people take offense at the idea that there are now more than 200 religions on the planet or that Jews think that people of other religions have different religious views than Jews? Why does the NY Times treat the non-Jewish religions differently from Jews, and is it because Jews are more inclined to say that all religions are of the same “pagan or pagan-flavored” religion?

My personal view is that if you are a religious person, to say that the world is full of “Pagan or Pagan-flavored religions” is the same as saying that there are no such “pagan or pagan-flavored religions.” But when it comes to non-Jewish religious beliefs, they are considered “different” and different in different ways depending on the beliefs that the Jewish person has. In fact, a Jewish person may not even be willing to make any statement about whether the non-Jewish religion is “Christian” or “Muslim,” for example.