After New Hire’s Old Tweets Unearthed, NYT Says ‘We’ve Decided to Go Our Separate Ways’ (UPDATED)


After the New York Times announced their decision to hire tech journalist Quinn Norton for their editorial board, Twitter responded with a fury of outrage — many pointing to her old controversial tweets — and the outlet ultimately opted to go “separate ways” with the writer.

“@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, just before the storm of criticism hit.

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:

The Times sent this statement to The Daily Beast after the old tweets started to surface:

UPDATE 1: In response to the criticism, Norton fired off a multi-tweet statement defending her reputation and suggesting her short time at the newspaper is over. However, the Times has yet to make an announcement regarding Norton’s employment status.

UPDATE 2: The Times decided to go “separate ways” with Norton shortly after her tweetstorm.

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