After the Times announced Norton would be joining their editorial board, critics pointed to tweets in which she continued to express her friendship with Auernheimer: "weev is a awful person, & an old friend of mine", she wrote last October.
The New York Times has hired and quickly fired an opinion writer who repeatedly called people on Twitter "fag" and "faggot". "Based on it, we've chose to go our separate ways", Bennet said in a tweet posted by the newspaper's communications department.
Much of the Twitter controversy centered on Norton's apparent friendships with some neo-Nazis.
In one of those posts from October 2017, Norton tweeted that Andrew Auernheimer was an "old friend". "I have never agreed with them, and I've been clear on that". She was also a columnist at Maximum PC magazine for five years, and she's written regularly for Medium and contributed to The Atlantic, ProPublica and Gizmodo.More news: Comm Games boss owns up to ticket fiasco
Auernheimer, a notorious troll and computer hacker, said on a podcast in December that Jewish children "deserve to die". "You use homophobic and racist slurs authentically". On multiple occasions she also tweeted the n-word.
Like the dozens of left-wing "male feminists" in media and entertainment who have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and worse, Norton seemed to believe that if she professed the "correct" progressive beliefs, this somehow gave her some sort of inoculation when it came to her own personal behavior and relationships. "Oh, but wait. Um".
Norton defended her tweets about Auernheimer by saying, "I believe white folks should engage with the racists in their life".
On Tuesday evening, Ms. Norton said in a Twitter post that she would no longer be joining The Times. I used it occasionally when amongst gay friends in our community. I was trying to make a point, but something else would have made that point better.
"I have been friends with various neo-Nazis in my time", she tweeted. "But they kept talking to me".More news: IRS warns of new scam around wrong tax refund deposits
"I wish there had been a way, but ultimately, they need to feel safe with how the net will react to their opinion writers".
Norton was born in 1973 and worked as a correspondent on Anonymous and the Occupy movement for Wired from 2011-2012.
In the mean time, between hyperventilating about the odd twists my life has taken recently, I thought about the idea of this job in terms of what I've wanted to accomplish in my career.
"Despite our review of Quinn Norton's work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us", read a statement from Times editorial page editor James Bennet. She said she initially turned down the idea, as she was living in Luxembourg and had an upcoming surgery.
"I tried to imply, strongly, I'm kind of weird", she wrote, before eventually accepting the offer. As for how weird, well that's for them to discover.More news: Beware of Valentine's Day scams