Accuracy in Media

The New York Times is digging in its heels, defending its hiring of Sarah Jeong to its editorial board even as she sent multiple racists tweets.

In past tweets, among other things, Jeong said that “old white men” were “lemmings,” said that white people would “go extinct soon,” and used the hashtag #CancelWhitePeople.

“Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men,” Jeong, Tweeted in 2014 (the Tweet has since been deleted).

“Dumbass f—ing white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” Jeong said in another 2014 tweet.

Another Jeong Tweet said in 2014: “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”

The Times refused to back down on its hire, saying that Jeong deserved special treatment and protection from accountability for her words, even as people from all races and genders receive harassment online.

“We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done covering the internet and technology at a range of respected publications,” the Times wrote. “Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers.

“She sees now that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media. She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it. We had candid conversations with Sarah as part of our thorough vetting process, which included a review of her social media history. She understands that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable at The Times and we are confident that she will be an important voice for the editorial board moving forward.”

Attorney Will Chamberlain explained the double standard of the mainstream media in this hiring: “Democrats have redefined racism precisely so people like Sarah Jeong can say racist things and still get jobs at the New York Times.”

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