The NYT keeps ciricling the drain:https://splinternews.com/the-new-york-t ... 1822978000
On Tuesday, the New York Times editorial board announced the hiring of Quinn Norton, a technology reporter and commentator who has written in praise of a German Nazi, defended the reputation of neo-Nazi hacker Weev, and used racial and homophobic slurs on social media.
After reporters and activists dug up Norton’s older work, a Times spokesperson told HuffPost, “We are very concerned about the tweets that are circulating today and are looking into the matter.” After several hours of silence—she was apparently at a movie—Norton addressed the burgeoning controversy by seemingly indicating that she would not be taking the job as the paper’s lead opinion writer on the power, culture, and consequences of technology after all, making sure to scold the hoi polloi while she was at it.
What is this even about? Where to start. In 2013, Norton published an essay on Medium that opened thusly: “John Rabe is my personal patron saint of moral complexity.” Rabe was a German and a proud member of the Nazi Party; the essay is about the moral complexity of life, or something. The lesson that Norton takes from Rabe’s life is, “The best you can do is be quiet in the face of the terrible contradictions, and try to figure out what the next right thing is.” That may not be the lesson that most people take from the Holocaust, and she would surely say that this is a caricature of an irreducibly complex point, but here we are.
The next year, Norton defended her friend Weev, née Andrew Auernheimer, as “just an horsefeathers” after he revealed his new swastika tattoo in a blog post for The Daily Stormer, a prominent white-supremacist website. In addition to showing off his new ink, that post, written following Auernheimer’s release from prison, enumerated some of his racist ideas[.]