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The NY Times Fires Tech Writer Quinn Norton, and It’s Complicated
2018-02-15T01:19:53Z - Adam Rogers / Wired
Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times announced it was hiring an opinion writer named Quinn Norton to write about “the power, culture, and consequences of technology.” Late Tuesday night, the Times fired her. And, as Norton is a journalist covering free-speech and privacy issues online, maybe this kind of language isn’t just allowed but appropriate. In Norton’s writing they saw a bad-faith ally. Norton became a part of the communities she reported on; Norton reported on communities of which she was a part. So now the Times’ editorial board won't get the benefit of Norton's diverse background and expertise—and won't be as well-positioned to reach the people Norton covers.

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