NYT Fires Newly Hired Editorial Member for Friendship With neo-Nazis, Slurs

NYT Fires Newly Hired Editorial Member for Friendship With neo-Nazis, Slurs

Across Twitter, people began pointing out a slew of Norton's tweets from years ago in which she used gay and racial slurs. Mr. Auernheimer now works for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.

The controversy comes after a dustup earlier this week over New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who called United States athlete Mirai Nagasu an "immigrant" in a now-deleted tweet.

A publicity photo of Quinn Norton released on Tuesday by the New York Times. "Based on it, we've chose to go our separate ways".

Much of the Twitter controversy centered on Norton's apparent friendships with some neo-Nazis.

Among Norton's questionable statements are a string of tweets from October 2014, in which she billed herself a "friend" of Nazis. "I have never agreed with them, and I've been clear on that".

She also stated in a series of tweets that she "used a variation of offensive language to talk about question of tone". On multiple occasions she also tweeted the n-word. "I'm sorted out for money", she wrote. "Oh, but wait. Um".

In follow-up tweets she denied supporting Auernheimer, and defended her use of slurs.

Norton has since changed her Twitter display name to "Well that was fun", defending her tweets and saying there is "no harm no foul" toward the Times for dropping her.

By 9 p.m. the same day, Norton said on Twitter that she would no longer be working with the Times, the culmination of several hours of intense criticism directed at her over some of her previous writings on the site. It's always made me a better writer and thinker.


"I have been friends with various neo-Nazis in my time", she tweeted.

One good thing from all this, I have a long list of story ideas I was collecting for the times, and I'm really looking forward to fleshing them out and getting them out into the world. "I wish there had been a way, but ultimately, they need to feel safe with how the net will react to their opinion writers", she posted as part of a chain of messages, one of which asserted that she believes that "all people are redeemable".

Norton, a freelance writer, is best known for her work in Wired, covering hacker culture, Anonymous, and in the Occupy movement.

Outside of Twitter, Norton has also publicized controversial opinions.

In the mean time, between hyperventilating about the unusual twists my life has taken recently, I thought about the idea of this job in terms of what I've wanted to accomplish in my career.

James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The Times, said in a statement: "Despite our review of Quinn Norton's work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us". She said she initially turned down the idea, as she was living in Luxembourg and had an upcoming surgery. Also, I tried to imply, strongly, I'm kind of weird. As for how weird, well that's for them to discover. "Nevertheless, I talked candidly about my background, my philosophy, and my approach to the topic".

In a blog post about her hiring, she said she was "as surprised as you are".

Norton added: "look, fag, you're going to have to walk a far mile to offend me, and you f**king know that".

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