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NYT Editor Fired After Just Hours Over Offensive Tweets

NYT Editor Fired After Just Hours Over Offensive Tweets
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:28 PM

About 10 hours after The New York Times announced it had hired journalist Quinn Norton for its editorial board, it fired her after investigating a slew of offensive tweets dating as far back as 2014, the HuffPost reported.

At around noon Tuesday, the company's communications department tweeted it had hired Norton as its "lead opinion writer on the power, culture, and consequences of technology."

Twitter lit up after the Times announcement, pointing to tweets in which Norton brags she is "friends with various neo-Nazis" ― though she says she has "never agreed with them," calls users "fag," and uses racial slurs.

Many of her questionable tweets were from 2014 or earlier, HuffPost reported.

Norton did not respond to a request for comment, but wrote in a blog post she was "as surprised as you are."

"I haven't tried to make myself look more professionally acceptable, more conventional, or any of that, for the benefit of my new employer," she wrote. "I plan to just be me, and bring my ideas to the table. I hope those ideas help.

"And if that doesn't work out, no harm no foul."

According to the HuffPost, in one Norton tweet from 2014, she states she is friends with Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, a notorious neo-Nazi hacker and the webmaster for The Daily Stormer. In another tweet last year, she wrote, "Weev is a terrible person, & an old friend of mine. I've been very clear on this. Some of my friend are terrible people, & also my friends."

Norton has also written about weev.

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