The New York Times fires opinion writer following a scandal with homophobic tweets

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The New York Times has hired and quickly fired an opinion writer who repeatedly used an F-slur in conversations with other Twitter users. Quinn Norton had joined the editorial board as “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.”  The publication’s editorial page editor James Bennet, along with deputy editorial page editor Katie Kingsbury and op-ed editor Jim Dao, stated that they supported such a decision. But the backlash began almost immediately, as followers of Norton pointed out that she had been extremely homophobic in 2013. In 2013, she tweeted that “at this point, as far as I’m concerned no one is a terrorist, in exactly the same way no human being is a n***er.” On Tuesday evening, just hours after the original announcement, Bennet made a statement revealing that Norton was being let go from the Times. “Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us,” he said, “Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”

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