"NYT Hires Racist for Editorial Board"

From Patterico. "P.S. Kevin Williamson and Roseanne Barr, don’t get too excited. A different standard applies here." (For the record, Williamson is fine with it.)

This isn't a particularly important story. I'm just posting it because one of her trolling posts reads:
I dare you to get on Wikipedia and play "Things white people can definitely take credit for," it's really hard.

— professional twiter name (@sarahjeong) November 25, 2015
It's really not hard.


Other statements she made are not at all racist, but still pretty nasty. Of course, it's all protected free speech. And it's good to know whose side someone is on. We could hardly wish for more transparency.


douglas said...

Williamson seems rather disingenuous about his defense of employer rights. That they should have the right to hire and fire at will isn't anybody's point and I'm sure he knows it (which is the most disappointing aspect- trying to keep a future at the NYT open?). I also wouldn't call it a twitter mob because they are pointing out the hypocrisy of the left, not calling for her firing for those tweets per se.

MikeD said...

Frankly, I don't see her lasting too long, mostly because, it's blatantly inexcusable and indefensible. This wasn't a one time slip up, she posted this stuff for two years. This isn't a "I wanted them to see what they sound like" this was very much what she feels. And while academia can play the "it's not racist if you don't have power" game all they like, she will undeniably have power over the careers of NYT writers, some of whom will inevitably be... white. And the instant one of them gets a bad review or passed over by her (which I do not doubt for a second will happen), they will have an ironclad HR grievance that will cost the NYT money. And while the editorial board may not see that, the NYT's legal team most certainly will.

Elise said...

This isn't a "I wanted them to see what they sound like" this was very much what she feels.

I think that's the interesting question: is this what she feels/believes? It's fine for Ms. Jeong and the NYT to say this is just fighting fire with fire or for friends and supporters to claim "that her tweets amount to irony or barbed humor, not racism" and that the outrage "wasn't in good faith" (apparently because the avatar of one Twitter user who disapproved is a “photoshop of Harvey Weinstein in blackface”). But as far as I know, Ms. Jeong has not stated publicly that she does not truly believe what she said in her objectionable tweets (about white people, police officers, or anything else).

On the other hand, all these defenses of Ms. Jeong can be dragged out by future targets of this type of attack - preferably verbatim.