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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:24 PM

NY Times Hires, Quickly Fires Journalist With History of Homophobic Tweets

Less than 24 hours after she was hired, The New York Times on Tuesday fired editorial board member Quinn Norton, after a history of homophobic and racially insensitive tweets were uncovered.

Early on Tuesday, the paper announced in a statement that it had hired notable technology writer Quinn Norton as its editorial board’s “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.” (Norton contributed two tech-related pieces to The Daily Beast in 2014.)

Shortly thereafter, many of Norton’s controversial tweets began to resurface. Twitter users uncovered multiple instances in which she used the n-word, or gay slurs like “faggot” or “fag,” to refer to various users on the social-media platform.

Other critics pointed out her chummy exchanges with a user who’d tweeted numerous anti-Semitic statements, and highlighted old tweets in which she explained that she was proudly friends with neo-Nazi

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ny-times-hires-quickly-fires-quinn-norton-journalist-with-history-of-homophobic-tweets/?via=twitter_page

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:31 PM

1. What a clusterfreak. You'd think they would've vetted her socials before hiring her.

Also, what a piece of work of a human being.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:13 PM

3. They're trying to "reach out to the heartland"

but it seems like it's causing an identity crisis

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:34 PM

2. Is the White House doing their vetting process now?

Sure sounds like it - she just needs to engage in spousal abuse and she's good to go!

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:15 PM

4. She is a waste of oxygen.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:16 PM

5. Homophobic, racist& good friends with neo Nazis.

Yep the writer the old grey lady needs.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:18 PM

6. Not a great move to hire her, but at least they just as quickly fired her

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Response to mythology (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:26 PM

8. Now they need to fire the person who hired her.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:22 PM

7. Maybe they should have gotten a reporter

to check the person out. This is just embarrassing.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:28 PM

9. Let that be a lesson to all the slur-spewing keyboard creeps out there.

You're gonna be looking for a job one day.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 12:06 AM

10. She'll be fine, Pence will hire her.

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Response to pscot (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 12:09 AM

11. Hey, take it easy on the New York Times

You think they have whole departments full of researchers and fact-checkers to track down stuff on the internet about writers they hire? As Luke said to Yoda, "You want the impossible!"

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