Quinn Norton, a self-described queer activist, was the perfect choice for The New York Times to become its “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.” Norton has been very active online and has given talks about privacy and living “in an age where nothing is ever forgotten.” All of that leads to the most ironic moment when she was fired just hours after being hired because her past tweets came back to haunt her; truly a moment of the “consequences of technology.”
NYT editorial page editor James Bennett said Norton’s past employers and body of work were vetted and the paper was impressed and excited to add her diverse voice to the team. But as it turned out, she was a little too diverse for the NYT’s liking, as The Daily Caller noted.
That’s because in years past, Norton used words like “fag” and “nigger” as insults to other Twitter users. She also retweeted many neo-Nazis, though it was clear she didn’t agree with them.
The New York Post published only two of Norton’s tweets from 2013 and 2014:
“Here’s the deal, faggot. Free speech comes with responsibility. not legal, but human. grown up. you can do this.”
“Today I realized I’d probably make a lot more money being a racist for @nytimes.”
As the DC pointed out:
We’re talking about this woman’s use of language nearly five years ago. Given how many leftist journalists are still in their 20s, do we really want to review what kind of language they used when they were still in college? Oddly, most leftists barely believe in the concept of self-responsibility, yet they draw the line at bad jokes someone told a few years ago.
But in this day and age when the internet never forgets, Norton can't hide from her snarky past or her liberal use of the First Amendment. She tweeted:
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.
Unfortunately for the Left, they made this bed, now they have to lie in it.