In publishing “The Secrets of Jewish Genius,” an opinion piece by regular columnist Bret Stephens, The New York Times demonstrated its commitment to free speech, at least for its stable of elite writers. That commitment means tolerating even the expression of extreme opinions that lack any solid foundation in reality. The immediate outcry from readers and media commentators was overwhelming. The Times chose to ignore the critics and defend its columnist, demonstrating either its inability to recognize racism or, more likely, its complacent acceptance of a racist view of the world.

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