New York Times Defends Hiring Of Journalist With History Of Tweeting Vile Racist Things

Sarah Jeong is a writer who has just been hired by the New York Times as part of their editorial board. But she has a long history of making incredibly vile racist statements on Twitter:

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If Jeong was a Conservative, she would be run out of town on a rail. But there are different standards for Liberals and the New York Times is standing by their hire. They released this statement:

Statements in Response to Criticism of the Hiring of Sarah Jeong to the Editorial Board in Opinion

We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done covering the internet and technology at a range of respected publications.

Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers. She sees now that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media. She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it.

We had candid conversations with Sarah as part of our thorough vetting process, which included a review of her social media history. She understands that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable at The Times and we are confident that she will be an important voice for the editorial board moving forward.

Hypocrisy much?

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