On Tuesday, the New York Times announced on Twitter that it had hired journalist Quinn Norton to be its lead opinion writer on technology and power.
.@quinnnorton has joined the @nytimes editorial board as lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology. Read on in a note from @jbennet, @katiekings and @jimdao https://t.co/cASzLbrbB4 pic.twitter.com/groh0Si09M
— The New York Times Communications (@NYTimesPR) February 13, 2018
Immediately, people began to respond to the New York Times’ tweet with instances in which Norton had used anti-gay slurs on her Twitter account, many of them used in recent years like 2013 and 2014.
Hhhmm hard to imagine a context in which all these gay slur tweets are fine and good but maybe I’m missing something pic.twitter.com/3h61HcPnnB
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) February 13, 2018
The tweets include several instances of Norton using the word “fag” as an insult to other Twitter users. She also RTed some tweets using the n word to describe president Barack Obama.
More, uh, opinion from the @nytimes‘ new lead opinion writer on the editorial board, Quinn Norton pic.twitter.com/i6T24uxzOE
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) February 13, 2018
You can keyword search for any slur and find it all over Quinn Norton’s twitter. Explain yourselves @nytimes.
— Shannon 🙅🏻♀️ (@TheStagmania) February 13, 2018
drinking game: take a shot for every tweet from new NYT-hire Quinn Norton using any derivation of the word faggot.
drink a full beer for her every use or RT of the n-word.
we’ll all be dead by 8 pm.
— Donald Trump is a RACIST & my name is Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) February 13, 2018
Glad the NYT hires only the best and the brightest for its important meritocracy paper pic.twitter.com/rwgZCJhcsM
— Dow 50,000 author (@inthesedeserts) February 13, 2018
The New York Times did not immediately respond to INTO’s request for comment.