Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times newsroom, praised the 1619 Project in a memo Tuesday, becoming the second executive to do so in recent days, after long-time NYT columnist Brett Stephens wrote an Op-ed sharply critical of the project.
Calling the 1619 project “one of the most important pieces of journalism” published under his tenure as executive editor, Baquet praised the project for sparking conversation a about “race and history” and a “new framework and a new critical date” for understanding the nation’s past.
“It has also generated a lot of debate. That’s no surprise. Work that boldly challenges prevailing views usually does,” Baquet wrote to employees, before invoking the column, according to a copy of the note posted online by the Times’ metro editor Cliff Levy.
“This column, however, raised questions about the journalistic ethics and standards of 1619 and the work of Nikole Hannah-Jones, who inspired and drove the project. That criticism I firmly