Compulsive rule-followers who've spent their lives appeasing the thought police at establishment media organizations are nevertheless finding themselves on the outs for not obeying enthusiastically enough (the political equivalent of "I'm beginning to doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion"), and everyone from the New York Times to Pierre Omidyar's controlled-oppo Intercept are conducting ideological purges with such speed and ferocity their victims are still halfway through their prepared pre-pandered apology when the door hits them in the ass. Certainly, after a lifetime of bending the knee, refusing to apologize for the final perceived transgression wouldn't have saved any of them, but it should serve as a lesson to any writers still on staff: why not tell the truth, if you're going to be punished either way?
(Will it? Of course not. Infused with renewed ideological vigor, the remaining rank and file will put on displays of enthusiasm as they file the latest installment of "We have always been at war with EastAsia," making sure the boss sees them skip from the coffeemaker to the computer - because remember we're still working from home - and submit to regular spot-checks of their email correspondence to make sure they aren't saying anything that could be perceived as offensive by the professional offense-takers the ADL has sent to the office to monitor for signs of Implicit Bias™)
June 9: WHO's afraid of coronavirus; looters gonna loot; community policing is a trap; voting is also a trap
June 10: Reform or die trying; US #1 at something (spoiler alert: not religious freedom); CHAZ demands mockery
June 11: Warlord says war is over; racism redefined; putting a band-aid on racism; CHAZ gets eviction notice