Why The New York Times Fired a Writer Just Hours After Hiring Her

Feb 14, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“The New York Times decided to sever ties with the newest addition to its editorial page on Tuesday — just hours after the paper announced her arrival,” The New York Post reports. “Quinn Norton — who was named as the Times’ ‘lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology’ — ended her very short tenure after controversy erupted over her use of racial and homophobic slurs on Twitter.”

Editorial page editor James Bennet 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. Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”

The Post reports that a series of tweets from Norton included her admission to being “friends with various neo-Nazis” although she said she “never agreed with them.”

The report notes that Norton appeared to take her quick dismissal in stride, posting a message Tuesday night on Twitter in which she said: “As I said so many times to the @nytimes, no harm no foul. … I’m sorry I can’t do the work I wanted to do with them. I wish there had been a way, but ultimately, they need to feel safe with how the net will react to their opinion writers.”

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