Norton was sacked just seven hours after the New York Times Communications twitter page tweeted: "Quinn Norton has joined the nytimes editorial board as lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology".
Very quickly after the hire was announced, the Times was somehow blindsided - do they not have Google over there? - by the news that Norton is comfortable cozying up to Nazis and hurling the worst slurs in the history of the English language. However, it didn't take long for Twitter users to point out a series of tweets from Norton in which she used racist and homophobic slurs, prompting the print publication to let her go hours later.
Many protesters seemed to seize upon a tweet from October in which she says she's friends with Andrew Auernheimer, a convicted hacker who goes by the name "weev" and webmaster for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.
"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 chose to go our separate ways", said James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The Times.
Norton couldn't immediately be reached for comment, but said in a tweet: "I'm sorry I can't do the work I wanted to do with them". I don't support weev, that's not given in how I define friendship.
"I haven't tried to make myself look more professionally acceptable, more conventional, or any of that, for the benefit of my new employer". I plan to just be me, and bring my ideas to the table.
Norton's rapport with Auernheimer, who used the Twitter handle @Rabite before he was suspended, is extensive.
New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet announced in a tweet that Norton would not be working there after all. In October, she tweeted that Auernheimer, commonly known as "Weev", is "a bad person, & an old friend of mine". Particularly, she openly used the N-word during an analogy on terrorism, retweeted a joke with the N-word about President Obama, and repeatedly used the words "fag" and "faggot" in conversation with others during 2013 and 2014. She also told Gorcenski, who claimed she was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis with these objects in the past, to be "mindful" about how she treated people who were different from her. She said she used the phrase "occasionally when amongst gay friends in our community".
In a lengthy first-person essay in the Atlantic, Norton wrote about how and why she agreed to meet with prosecutors during the investigation. "And if that doesn't work out, no harm no foul".