Latest New York Times Hire Also Had Relationship With White Nationalist Hacker
The New York Times seems to be going through a redux with its latest hire of Sarah Jeong — who The Daily Caller News Foundation has just learned also had multiple correspondences with the white nationalist hacker Andrew Alan Escher Auernheimer, better known as “Weev.”
Tweets discovered by TheDCNF show a number of tweets tagging and conversing with Weev, previously known on Twitter as “rabite,” from September 2013 to September 2014. (RELATED: NYTimes’ Newest Hire Sent Tons Of Anti_White Rascist Tweets)
Jeong references Weev’s litigation with the federal government and says how “awesome” it was that he “got the Supreme Court to invalidate the [Computer Fraud and Abuse Act],” in a tweet on September 26, 2014.
Other tweets by Jeong show a friendly relationship between the two. Jeong asks Weev what his favorite Harry Potter book is and then later calls him “a Hufflepuff at heart,” referencing one of the various “houses” wizards and witches join in the children’s series, in a tweet on August 2, 2014.
In total, TheDCNF found at least 11 conversations on Twitter where Jeong had tagged Weev.
None of Jeong’s tweets seem to suggest an endorsement of Weev’s white nationalist’s views, which didn’t become public until October 2014. Still, many close to the hacker or who were in-touch with the hacker community knew that he did not identify with the far-right overnight.
On Wednesday, The Daily Caller reported on Jeong’s history of racist remarks against white people. In one tweet, Jeong boasted about how “much joy I get from being cruel to old white men.”
The Times fired tech journalist Quinn Norton in February after old tweets surfaced of her making racist and homophobic remarks, despite being a self identified “queer activist.”
Quinn also faced criticism for her relationship with Weev, who was the subject of an essay of hers in which she described his conflicting personality. She ended up concluding he was “no hero.”
Still, despite Quinn’s language and relationships seeming more like a reflection of internet culture in early 2010s, The Times quickly rescinded its job offer.
“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 TheNYT editorial page editor James Bennet at the time.
The New York Times did not return a request for comment.