"All I ever wanted to do was write. Not be written about," says journalist Lauren Wolfe—but she has been written about extensively since a Jan. 19 tweet in which she said she had "chills" seeing President Biden's plane land at Joint Base Andrews the day before his inauguration. The Guardian reports that after conservative news outlets claimed the tweet was evidence of media bias, Wolfe was let go by the New York Times, where she had been working as an editor. Friends say she received death threats and was "stalked" by a photographer. "Hard to fathom all the talk of 'cancel culture' on my timeline while I’m left without an income during a pandemic," she tweeted Saturday. "I’m not an ideology, I’m a hard-working person who can no longer pay her bills."
Numerous media figures have rallied to Wolfe's defense, accusing the paper of caving to a rightwing harassment campaign; the Times workers' union says it is investigating. The Times, which bans employees from doing anything that damages its "reputation for strict neutrality in reporting," says Wolfe was employed on a freelance basis, the Washington Post reports. "There's a lot of inaccurate information circulating on Twitter," spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement. "For privacy reasons we don’t get into the details of personnel matters, but we can say that we didn't end someone’s employment over a single tweet. Out of respect for the individuals involved, we don't plan to comment further." (Read more journalist stories.)