The Verge — the site which threw a hissy-fit over that satirical “interview” CRTV did with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because it “blurred the lines” between fake news and satire — is suddenly worried about having “good faith conversations.”

A total of six editors went to bat for their colleague Jeong, saying that the “abusive backlash” inspired by her racist tweets “is dishonest and outrageous.” They write:

Online trolls and harassers want us, the Times, and other newsrooms to waste our time by debating their malicious agenda. They take tweets and other statements out of context because they want to disrupt us and harm individual reporters. The strategy is to divide and conquer by forcing newsrooms to disavow their colleagues one at a time. This is not a good-faith conversation; it’s intimidation.

Um, who was doing years worth of online “trolling” (to put it generously)? And besides, The New York Times has said in a statement that it vetted all of Jeong’s old tweets and was cool with her explanation. So what is this “malicious agenda” of which they speak?

Even conservative Kevin Williamson, who was driven out of a gig with The Atlantic by a social media mob campaign, wrote today that “the Times … should resist the social-media mob campaign to have her dismissed. It is up to institutions to hold the line against mass hysteria and the mob mentality of social media.”

Remember the time Sarah Jeong and the editors of The Verge went to bat for Kevin Williamson?

New York Times subscribers are already putting pressure on the paper to purge itself of those new “conservative” hires, Bret Stephenson and Bari Weiss. They like their paper ideologically pure.


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