- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

New York Times features writer Elizabeth Williamson apologized Thursday for a now-deleted tweet that appeared to criticize her controversial new colleague, Sarah Jeong.

“I just deleted my earlier tweet about this column. It was inappropriate. I apologize,” Ms. Williamson wrote.

She had included a link to a column by conservative Times opinion columnist Bret Stephens, who wrote that he was willing to overlook Ms. Jeong’s “racist” tweets and welcome her to The Times with open arms.

Ms. Williamson initially responded to Mr. Stephens’ column questioning whether Ms. Jeong was deserving of such a warm welcome.

“Here’s @BretStehensNYT offering a classy welcome to a colleague who has yet to prove she deserves one,” she snarked.

According to The Wrap, the tweet set off “an outraged mob of Jeong defenders” that “swiftly swarmed the tweet, generating hundreds of comments.”

Ms. Jeong’s recent hiring at The Times sparked a firestorm of criticism on the right after her old tweets slamming white people, men, police and even The Times resurfaced.

In a statement, The Times condemned Ms. Jeong’s tweets but partially justified them by saying she was simply counter-trolling, or reacting in a similar fashion to the stream of anti-Asian vitriol allegedly thrown at her over the years.

“Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her accusers,” The Times said. “She now sees that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media. She regrets it, and the Times does not condone it.”


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