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The New York Times: All The Racist Bias That’s Fit To Print

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The New York Times: All The Racist Bias That’s Fit To Print

A while ago, we wrote about how the New York Times found itself in a bind when one of its own journalistic tenets was violated by a reporter, Ali Watkins, and how it chose to let her get away scot-free – the newspaper, which once held up high standards of journalistic ethics, refused to let go of the reporter.

The Times is once again in the soup in another matter of personnel that shows a double standard and liberal bias, this time again involving a reporter, Sarah Jeong. The Times has recently hired Jeong as a member of its editorial board. Jeong has a history of racist tweets against white people. The newspaper's announcement that it was hiring Jeong “met an outpouring of online criticism after her old posts were unearthed,” according to a BBC news report. The Daily Caller adds: “Shortly after Jeong’s hire, Twitter users unearthed old tweets in which she expressed an extreme distaste for white people.”

Yet, The Times has defended its reluctance to fire Jeong. The newspaper’s statement said, “We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done covering the Internet and technology at a range of respected publications.”

Well, she may be talented. She attended Harvard Law School and has previously written for the Atlantic, Motherboard, The Washington Post, and the New York Times Magazine. But the key issue here is not whether she is qualified. The key issue is The Times apparently contradicted its own policy of intolerance toward racist or homophobic social media posts. The newspaper earlier this year fired a new writer, Quinn Norton, after old tweets that caused offence emerged. Norton was let go only hours after the newspaper announced her appointment in February. Norton had retweeted a slur about African-Americans, had posted homophobic remarks, and said she had befriended neo-Nazis, according to the BBC report.

The Times' response to criticism of Sarah Jeong's appointment.
The Times' response to criticism of Sarah Jeong's appointment.

Jeong’s reverse racism and appointment were, on the other hand, defended.

The Times defended her propensity of racist tweets by saying that she herself had faced racist comments online and that she mimicked the language of her harassers in her response. The Times said in its statement, “She sees now that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media.”

The Times is clearly showing a liberal bias here. The vitriol of Jeong’s words borders on obscenity:

Sarah Jeong's controversial tweets.
Sarah Jeong's controversial tweets.

"Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins," she said in December 2014.

The South Korea-born journalist, who was raised in the US, also used the hashtag "#CancelWhitePeople" and complained about "white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants."

Since when have journalists been allowed to post such comments on social media? It’s time The Times pulls its socks up and practices the ethics it professes with rigor and follows its policies without bias.