The august pages of the New York Times embraced a bit of controversy Friday morning, with the publication of another David Brooks special, “Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.”
Before even reading the first line, the reader knows right away that Brooks has decided to weigh in on Google’s MemoGate controversy. Earlier this week, company engineer James Damore was fired after suggesting biological differences were partly responsible for gender disparities among employees at the tech giant.
Despite citing copious scientific evidence, Damore was denounced and swiftly hounded out Google. He has since emerged as something of an alt-right folk hero even though he describes himself as a “centrist.” Of his ouster, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the following: “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not O.K.”
That didn’t sit well with Brooks, who responded thusly:
That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.
Regardless which weakness applies, this episode suggests he should seek a nonleadership position. We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That’s when we need good leaders most.
Brooks opened the piece by saying he felt Pichai was “the one who’s behaved the worst” of all the actors involved in drama.
For Brooks, the column is only the latest venture into controversial territory — which has been well-documented here at Mediaite. In the past, Brooks has lit up the Internet with some curious remarks about gourmet sandwiches, his views on the Women’s March, and for suggesting that Conservative firebrand Kurt Schlichter was “woke”
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