Sarah Jeong

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Sarah Jeong
Sarah Jeong XOXO Festival 2016 alt1.jpg
Jeong speaking at the XOXO festival in 2016
Born 1988 (age 29–30)
South Korea
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater University of California Berkeley
Harvard Law School
Occupation Journalist
Employer The Verge
Notable work The Internet of Garbage
Website sarahjeong.net

Sarah Jeong (born 1988) is an American journalist specializing in IT law and other technology topics. Jeong is a senior writer for The Verge and in September 2018 joins the editorial board of The New York Times. She was previously a contributing editor for Vice's Motherboard section.

Subsequent to joining the NY Times Editorial board it was discovered that Jeong had written a number of anti-White, anti-male and anti-Police Twitter postings[1][2] and several journalists accused The New York Times of hypocrisy.

Early life

Jeong was born in South Korea in 1988[3] and moved to New York City with her parents when she was three years old.[4] She attended the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School, where she was editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.[3]

Career

Jeong writes on law, technology and internet culture.[5][6][7][8] She is a senior writer for The Verge and previously served as a contributing editor for Vice's Motherboard section, as well as writing articles for Forbes, the Guardian, and The New York Times.[9][10][11] In 2014, Jeong and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins launched a periodic newsletter called "5 Useful Articles",[12] discussing intellectual property issues, current and historical.[13] The newsletter went on hiatus in 2015. In 2016, Jeong published a book, The Internet of Garbage, on online harassment[14][15] and responses to it by media and online platforms.[16] The book discusses active moderation and community management strategies to improve online interactions.[17] In 2017, Forbes named Jeong to its "30 Under 30" media list.[18]

In August 2018, Jeong was hired by The New York Times to join its editorial board as lead writer on technology, commencing in September.[19] The hiring sparked a strongly negative reaction in conservative media and social media, which highlighted derogatory tweets about white people that Jeong had posted mostly in 2013 and 2014.[20][21] Critics characterized her tweets as being racist; Jeong said that the posts were "counter-trolling" in reaction to harassment she had experienced, and that she regretted adopting that tactic.[20] The Times said that it had reviewed her social media posts before hiring her, and that it did not condone the posts.[20][21]

Anti-White Twitter postings

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During 2014 and 2015 Jeong made a large number of anti-White, anti-Male and anti-Police Twitter postings. They included statements like:

  • "Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants"
  • "Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like grovelling goblins"
  • “Oh man. It’s sick how much joy I get from being cruel to old white men”
  • "When homeless people can beat cops senseless and suffer nary a repercussion, let's then talk about accountability going both ways"
  • "anyways my point is that we should kill all the men prior to removing the state from marriage as an institution"

Media coverage of anti-White Twitter postings

  • "Sarah Jeong: NY Times stands by racist tweets reporter". BBC News[22]
  • "The New York Times Shouldn't Fire Sarah Jeong for Racist Tweets About White People". Reason.com[23]
  • "Newest Member of NYT Editorial Board Has History of Racist Tweets". National Review[24]
  • "New York Times stands by new tech writer Sarah Jeong after racist tweets surface". Fox News[25]
  • "New York Times Hires Left-Wing Writer With Long History Of Racist Tweets". The Federalist[26]
  • "NYTIMES’ NEWEST HIRE SENT TONS OF ANTI-WHITE RACIST TWEETS". The Daily Caller[27]
  • "New York Times defends newest hire Sarah Jeong amid controversy over racist tweets". Daily News[28]
  • "New York Times stands by editorial board hire despite racist tweets". New York Post[29]
  • "NYT Recent Editorial Board Hire Sent Hate-Filled Tweets About White People — Now the Paper Responds". Independent Journal Review[30]
  • "Sarah Jeong's racist tweets spotlighted after New York Times hiring: 'White men are bulls--'". Washington Times[31]
  • "NY Times defends hiring of editorial writer after emergence of past racial tweets". The Hill[32]
  • "NEW YORK TIMES HIRES RACIST". Herald Sun[33]
  • "When Racism Is Fit to Print". New York Magazine[34]

See also

References

  1. Rod Dreher (August 2, 2018). "Times Hires Harvard-Educated Honky-Hater". The American Conservative. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  2. Amber Athey (August 3, 2018). "NYT’S SARAH JEONG ALSO SENT ANTI-COP, ANTI-MEN TWEETS". Daily Caller. Retrieved August 7, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sarah Jeong". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  4. Lind, Dara. "A legal journalist on the 'surreal' experience of becoming a US citizen under Trump". Vox Media. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  5. Greenberg, Andy. "Inside Google's Justice League and its AI-powered war on trolls". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  6. Chung, Nicole. "An Interview with Sarah Jeong, Author of The Internet of Garbage". The Toast. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  7. Zaretsky, Staci. "Pro Se Filing Of The Day: ‘Notice To F*ck This Court And Everything That It Stands For’". Above the Law. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  8. Newitz, Annalee (January 15, 2016). "How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  9. "Sarah Jeong profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  10. "TODAY: Legal reporter Sarah Jeong to discuss "How to Cover a Futuristic Cybercrime Trial"". Yale University. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  11. Jeong, Sarah (January 17, 2017). "Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult — as a Registered Trademark?". The New York Times. 
  12. "5 Useful Articles". 
  13. "Newsletter launch: 5 Useful Articles". Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  14. "The Internet of Garbage with Sarah Jeong". Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  15. Chung, Nicole. "An Interview with Sarah Jeong, Author of ‘The Internet of Garbage’". The Toast. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  16. Myers, Maddy (July 23, 2015). "Sarah Jeong’s The Internet of Garbage Takes Cyber Crime Seriously". The Mary Sue. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  17. Stone, Maddie (September 1, 2015). "Fantastic Science and Tech Books that Will Reboot Your Brain for Fall". Gizmodo. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  18. "30 Under 30 2017: Media". Forbes. 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  19. "Sarah Jeong Joins The Times’s Editorial Board". New York Times. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 "NY Times stands by new hire Sarah Jeong over Twitter furor". Associated Press via ABC News. August 2, 2018. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "NY Times stands by 'racist tweets' reporter". BBC News. 2 August 2018. 
  22. "Sarah Jeong: NY Times stands by 'racist tweets' reporter". BBC News. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  23. Robby Soave (August 2, 2018). "The New York Times Shouldn't Fire Sarah Jeong for Racist Tweets About White People". Reason. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  24. Jack Crowe (August 2, 2018). "Newest Member of NYT Editorial Board Has History of Racist Tweets". National Review. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  25. Brian Flood (August 2, 2018). "New York Times stands by new tech writer Sarah Jeong after racist tweets surface". Fox News. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  26. "New York Times Hires Left-Wing Writer With Long History Of Racist Tweets". The Federalist. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  27. Amber Athey (August 2, 2018). "NYTIMES’ NEWEST HIRE SENT TONS OF ANTI-WHITE RACIST TWEETS". Daily Caller. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  28. Megan Cerullo (August 2, 2018). "New York Times defends newest hire Sarah Jeong amid controversy over racist tweets". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  29. Keith J Kelly (August 2, 2018). "New York Times stands by editorial board hire despite racist tweets". New York Post. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  30. Julio Rosas (August 2, 2018). "NYT Recent Editorial Board Hire Sent Hate-Filled Tweets About White People — Now the Paper Responds". Independent Journal Review. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  31. Douglas Ernst (August 1, 2018). "Sarah Jeong's racist tweets spotlighted after New York Times hiring: 'White men are bulls--'". Washington Times. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  32. Joe Concha (August 2, 2018). "NY Times defends hiring of editorial writer after emergence of past racial tweets". The Hill. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  33. Andrew Bolt (August 2, 2018). "NEW YORK TIMES HIRES RACIST". Herald Sun. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 
  34. Andrew Sullivan (August 3, 2018). "When Racism is Fit to Print". New York Magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2018. 

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