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New York Times hires editorial board member who slammed white people; paper still 'confident' in her

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The New York Times has hired an editorial board member, Sarah Jeong, who slammed white people in the past on Twitter. The paper on Thursday said it is "confident" in Jeong as a member of its staff. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

After the New York Times announced it was hiring writer and lawyer Sarah Jeong as an editorial board member, numerous posts from Jeong's Twitter account slamming white people in past years were discovered.

TheBlaze on Thursday took screenshots of posts from Jeong's account:

Image source: Twitter screenshot, redacted

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot, redacted

Image source: Twitter screenshot

What did the Times and Jeong have to say?

Both the Times and Jeong in separate statements Thursday said Jeong's tweets were reactions to online harassment she endured and that she was actually imitating her harassers.

The Times added that it doesn't condone Jeong's tweets and is "confident" that "she will be an important voice for the editorial board moving forward."

Jeong, in her Thursday statement on the matter, called her tweets "counter-trolling" and said they were "intended as satire."

"I deeply regret mimicking the language of my harassers," Jeong wrote, adding that she "would not do it again."

Image source: Twitter screenshot, redacted

Here are some other posts from Jeong's Twitter account:

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot

Image source: Twitter screenshot, redacted

What else do we know about Jeong?

According to the Times' announcement, Jeong will join the paper in September as its lead writer on technology.

More from Jeong's hiring announcement:

She arrives most recently from the Verge, where she’s a senior writer. She also authored the book, “The Internet of Garbage,” which examines the many forms of online harassment, free speech, and the challenges of moderating platforms and social media networks.

Born in South Korea, Sarah grew up in North Carolina and California. She’s both a journalist and a lawyer. As a student at Harvard Law School, she edited the Journal of Law & Gender and worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale for 2016 and was named to Forbes 30 under 30 for Media in 2017. She’s written for The Atlantic, Vice’s Motherboard, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Magazine.

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