The New York Times has shown hypocrisy by sticking with journalist Sarah Jeong after hateful tweets that she posted a few years ago emerged, holds Rich Lowry of National Review. She had made statements that some saw as hateful towards white people, which she has since deemed satirical. In a similar situation earlier in 2018, the newspaper fired an employee for old tweets that she had posted, which were also written in a satirical tone but used language that was racist against black people. This situation mirrors hypocrisy on some parts of the left, where certain behaviors are excused while others, of similar grievance, aren’t.
Sarah Jeong’s tweets about white people were plainly satirical. The New York Times is right in its decision not to fire her, argues Zac Beauchamp of Vox. The context is important here. The tweets were part of an online discussion by people of color concerning the status of white people in America and the lack thereof of non-whites. Clarifying that tweets don’t refer to all white people often isn’t considered necessary as it appears to be obvious. The term “white people” is used as a punchline and often jokingly. Jeong's satirical statements, while abrasive, were also meant to mirror abuse that she got as an Asian-American.