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New York Times newsroom rocked by a new public rift — over Spelling Bee game


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The New York Times has been pushed to the brink of disaster a number of occasions of late as inner strife has shaken its newsroom.

From author Bari Weiss resigning after her personal colleagues publicly protested her hiring to the opinion editor James Bennet being compelled to step down amid a one other employees outcry over an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, the Gray Lady’s energy has been examined many times.

But on Thursday probably the most surprising fracture but emerged — when the paper’s official word-puzzles Twitter account broke ranks with the editor of the favored Spelling Bee game, Sam Ezersky, and publicly got here out towards him.

The beautiful schism started when actress J. Smith-Cameron, who performs hard-nosed government Gerri on HBO’s “Succession” tweeted at Ezersky — who had, in a staggering failure of both judgement, competence or ethical rigor, uncared for to incorporate the phrase “undaunted” as one of many acceptable solutions in Thursday’s puzzle — saying, “Hey @thegridkid, there’s an absolutely valid word the Bee won’t accept and I’m annoyed. But UNDAUNTED.”

J. Smith-Cameron
J. Smith-Cameron performs the character Gerri on “Succession.”
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Then, within the sort of ugly public rift that’s directly breathtaking and all too acquainted on the Times, the blue check-marked @NYTimesWordplay account tweeted a meme from “Succession” at Smith-Cameron with the phrases, “I don’t like to take sides. But I’m on your side.”

More heads should certainly roll if the word-game institution is to piece itself again collectively.

The New York Times declined to remark.

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