After the New York Times announced their decision to hire tech writer Quinn Norton for their editorial board, Twitter responded with a fury of outrage — many pointing to her old controversial tweets.
“@quinnnorton has joined the @nytimes editorial board as lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology,” tweeted the newspaper’s PR page.
.@quinnnorton has joined the @nytimes editorial board as lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology. Read on in a note from @jbennet, @katiekings and @jimdao https://t.co/cASzLbrbB4 pic.twitter.com/groh0Si09M
— The New York Times Communications (@NYTimesPR) February 13, 2018
A number of journalists and media figures dug up Norton’s old tweets where she used the slur “faggot” several times and even uncritically retweeted a post that included the n-word. Others pointed out the writer’s relationship with a notorious Nazi figure.
Below are just a few of the many tweets expressing outrage at the Times for the hiring decision:
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) February 13, 2018
Anyone cheering the hiring of Quinn Norton — we have issues. yes, it matters who your friends are.
— Natasha Lennard (@natashalennard) February 13, 2018
For the record, I was a fan of @quinnnorton‘s writing and reporting — and then I read her tweets about weev and neo-nazis.
I have met and reported on neo-nazis. They’re not not misunderstood. They’re not rebels.
They mean what they say, and they want to kill people.
— Christopher Farnsworth (@chrisfarnsworth) February 13, 2018
It’s not so much that Quinn Norton has old, bad tweets. It’s that the New York Times hired her as a technology expert and she didn’t delete her old, bad tweets before the hire was announced.
— Robert Wheel LLC (@BobbyBigWheel) February 13, 2018
so, this fucking sucks
— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) February 13, 2018
anyway, why is anyone praising the Times’ decision to hire Quinn Norton as if she did not repeatedly describe herself as a friend of weev despite his neo-Nazi views
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) February 13, 2018
Bari Weiss and Megan McArdle are definitely on gchat right now coordinating the delivery of a giant muffin basket to Quinn Norton
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) February 13, 2018
NYT Opinion Page: Hey everyone! Please welcome Bret Stephens. He’ll be writing about defending Woody Allen, why climate change isn’t real, and other useless dipshittery.
Readers: We hate this.
NYT Opinion Page: Hey everyone! Please welcome Quinn Norton. She’ll be writing about
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) February 13, 2018
[Cutting and pasting from the last, oh, ten tweets about @nytimes‘ neo-Nazi cuddling]: Yeah, not regretting canceling my subscription.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) February 13, 2018
I got a snappier headline for you pic.twitter.com/LiwS4S001S
— Wheezy Cheesy Dutiful Hover Earl (@superrapattack) February 13, 2018
NYT: Trust us to challenge the Trump administration. Subscribe so we can do challenging journalism
NYT within the same year: Hires flaccid neocons Bari Weiss and Brett Stephens, literal nazi sympathizer Quinn Norton
— Chad Dongle (@babymannequin) February 13, 2018
My feed seems to be pretty well divided between people who love Quinn Norton and people who are fixated on how she said she was friends with a Nazi 4 years ago and to be honest I don’t know what to think, except that in general, one should not befriend Nazis.
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) February 13, 2018
So while Politico was a publishing “Let’s Give Indentured Servitude Another Chance” think piece, the NYT added Quinn the Nazi Whisperer to it’s editorial board??? pic.twitter.com/v0tTZX22Ol
— Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) February 14, 2018
Remember when a victim of Nazi violence politely asked Quinn Norton to consider not minimizing their violence and she got defensive and claimed the survivor came at her? I do. pic.twitter.com/x7CeDYjb6k
— Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) February 13, 2018
The Times sent this statement to The Daily Beast after the old tweets started to surface:
New York Times statement on Quinn Norton’s use of offensive slurs in old tweets pic.twitter.com/KEaHo5wvns
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) February 14, 2018
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