New York Times columnist David Brooks makes the case Friday that Google CEO Sundar Pichai should resign because of how badly he handled this week's "memo" controversy

Dealing with the aftermath required the subtlety of a skilled leader, but Pichai instead assumed a "mob" mentality to unfairly demonize now-fired engineer James Damore. 

To back up, Damore wrote a lengthy memo offering his take on why so few women work at Google. In doing so, he cited numerous studies about the genetic differences between men and women, but the media and his critics, including Pichai, "blatantly" mischaracterized his argument, writes Brooks. As an example, Brooks quotes one scientist in the field who wrote that the memo was "fair and factually presented."

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