In an interview with The American Prospect published yesterday, Klein said his hiring decision promoted "ideological diversity" but conceded that he had not fully reviewed Ambrosino's writings.
The writer's hiring outraged some LGBT activists and liberal commentators. On Wednesday, journalist and broadcaster Michelangelo Signorile tweeted, "How could @ezraklein make this kind of major mistake already?" On Thursday, in an article published in Slate, Mark Joseph Stern slammed Ambrosino's body of work as "reckless, retrograde, and vapid," before calling his hiring "startlingly bad, potentially catastrophic judgment by Vox."
Standing by his decision, Klein told The American Prospect, "I don't want to pretend that I have the context and the background to perfectly or authoritatively judge this debate. But when I read his pieces, I didn't come away with the impression that he holds an iota of homophobia."