We’re not sure what Sarah Jeong did to merit the kind of white-knighting she’s been getting, but SJWs are determined to protect her from any semblance of criticism.
Elizabeth Williamson is a features writer at the New York Times. She recently shared an opinion piece written by Bret Stephens about Jeong, prefacing it with this: “Here’s @BretStephensNYT offering a classy welcome to a colleague who has yet to prove she deserves one.”
And you’ll never guess what happened next:
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) August 9, 2018
According to The Wrap, “an outraged mob of Jeong defenders swiftly swarmed the tweet, generating hundreds of comments.” And now, Williamson’s tweet is gone, replaced by — what else? — an apology:
I just deleted my earlier tweet about this column. It was inappropriate. I apologize. https://t.co/Z6tNMHHzMD
— Elizabeth Williamson (@NYTLiz) August 9, 2018
Was Williamson caving to the outrage mob or the New York Times?
A rep for the New York Times did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter. As a features writer, it is unclear whether Williamson, who was hired in March, is bound by the Times’ strict social media guidelines which forbid journalists from expressing opinions on the issues they cover.
“In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation,” read one of the guidelines made public by the Times. “Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that The Times is seeking to cover objectively.”
Maybe she was caving to both. In any event, one thing’s for sure:
Best work environment ever https://t.co/HblrmVmfz9
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 9, 2018
You didn't do anything wrong.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 9, 2018
Ah, but the mob would beg to differ:
it was up for over two hours you're just pissed about the ratio
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) August 9, 2018
You only did it because of the backlash. And it was inappropriate.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 9, 2018
Maybe instead of issuing this lame non-specific mea culpa, you apologize to the colleague you just took a totally unnecessary swipe at?
— Eli Wolfe (@EliWolfe4) August 9, 2018
— 14th Amendment Section 2 of US Constitution (@kylengh) August 9, 2018
You’re bad at your job
— Michael Wayne Harris (@miwayha) August 9, 2018
— Yo yMisKosas (@Yoymiskosas) August 9, 2018
Too late, the entire Internet has seen it by now. Do the words "hostile work environment" mean anything to you, since the meaning of showing class clearly eludes you?
— Principia wants this service to ban Nazis (@Principia) August 9, 2018
That’s what Williamson gets for her troubles.
These are the same people in twitter that were screaming at the top of their lungs that Sarah Jeong should not apologize for her free speech.
My head hurts
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2018
Sorry you felt the need to delete it. I’m absolutely baffled by the support for this woman.
— Jennifer C. (@throwingutah) August 9, 2018
Elizabeth Williamson should’ve just taken a page from Jeong’s book:
She should have gone with the "satire" defense instead. https://t.co/l7WlTvlf4z
— BT (@back_ttys) August 9, 2018
Oh well. Live and learn!