New York Times abruptly fires new hire over Twitter posts

CNET | 2/13/2018 | Steven Musil
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Tech journalist Quinn Norton was fired by the New York Times just a few hours after her hire was announced.

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The New York Times fired Quinn Norton on Tuesday, a few hours after announcing the tech journalist as a new editorial board hire, amid a firestorm over her social media posts.

The Times announced at noon PT that it had hired Norton, known for her work at Wired, would be joining the paper as the editorial board's lead opinion writer on technology. But some six hours later, Norton had been dismissed from the paper after Twitter users immediately began highlighting her past tweets that used racial and homophobic slurs.

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Many protesters seemed to seize upon a tweet from October in which she says she's friends with Andrew Auernheimer, a convicted hacker who goes by the name "weev" and webmaster for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.

"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," she said in the tweet.

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Along the way, a handful of other tweets, mostly years-old, surfaced in which she repeatedly used a pejorative term for gays and retweeted a racial slur.

Her departure from the Times was announced in a statement...
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