The New York Times has hired a tech writer named Sarah Jeong, who is being attacked for a number of racist tweets in the past. She claims she was only posting them sarcastically responding to racism and harassment directed against her. I won't delve into her state of mind and will take her at her word. I am also opposed to firing people because of past tweets.
But you need to read this piece about Sarah Jeong from a lady in China who helped Jeong with a story. The lady claims Jeong and Vice News, who then employed Jeong, agreed not to delve into the woman's personal relationships. As the woman explains, in China the relationship issue involving her could see her ruined. The authorities would look unkindly on it if it got attention.
Vice agreed and Jeong spent time with the woman. After returning stateside, Vice and Jeong then demanded the woman talk to them about her relationship and threatened to expose her. The woman had no recourse against them and, in the ensuing coverage, the Chinese authorities turned against her and punished her.
This is deeply, deeply disturbing and the New York Times should, in fact, investigate this. Forget the Twitter trolls. At a time the New York Times and other outlets are claiming to be under attack from President Trump and at a time they claim their freedoms are in jeopardy, the Times should not be supporting anyone who not only ruined a person's life, but did so with apparently impunity.