- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Just hours after hiring Quinn Norton as the editorial board’s lead opinion writer on technology, The New York Times announced Tuesday evening that it had parted ways with the journalist over past controversial Twitter posts and her friendship with neo-Nazi Andrew Auernheimer.

The Times had announced Tuesday afternoon that it hired Ms. Norton, saying, “We’re delighted to announce that Quinn Norton has joined The New York Times editorial board as our lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.”

Eight hours later, The Times said Ms. Norton would no longer be joining the newspaper, “because of her use of slurs on Twitter and her friendship with Andrew Auernheimer, who gained infamy as an internet troll going by the name ‘weev.’ Mr. Auernheimer now works for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.”

James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The Times, said in a statement Tuesday night: “Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us. Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”

Ms. Norton fired off a series of tweets after the announcement of her firing, saying she doesn’t hold any ill-will toward The Times for its decision. Describing herself as a “queer activist since 1992,” she also said that her use of homophobic and racial slurs were taken out of context and that her “door is open” to Mr. Auernheimer only to talk about how misguided his views are.

“I believe all people are redeemable, and ‘all people’ is all people,” she wrote.

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