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

The Times became aware of journalist Quinn Norton's conduct when Twitter users raised issue with some of her past tweets

Quinn Norton pictured in 2005.
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The New York Times fired recently hired journalist Quinn Norton after the paper learned of past social media activity in which she touts friendships with neo-Nazis and used slurs, the Huffington Post reported.

Norton was hired to the editorial board staff, as a "lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology," announced the Times on Tuesday.

Twitter users began pointing to past tweets in which Norton used offensive terms like "fag" and said she had been "friends with various neo-nazis," noting that she has never agreed with them. In one 2014 tweet, Norton says she is friends with Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, an internet troll and neo-Nazi who works for the Daily Stormer.

Later Tuesday, Times’ editorial page editor, James Bennet, told HuffPost: “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.”

Norton, who is known for her tech journalism and work on the subjects of race and racism, responded to her firing by tweeting: "I've been a queer activist since 1992. But when I speak to communities, I used their language to do it."

The HuffPost quoted a blog post in which she said "I haven't tried to make myself look more professionally acceptable, more conventional, or any of that, for the benefit of my employer. I plan to just be me, and bring my ideas to the table."