Thursday, a senior editor for the New York Times apologized for decade-old tweets that were offensive, deleted the tweets, then locked his Twitter account.
From The Hill:
The tweets, which were deleted late Wednesday, include one from Jan. 1, 2010, in which Wright-Piersanti referred to a “Crappy Jew Year.”
“I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So… HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews,” he wrote in one tweet.
Another, from December 2009, referred to the “Jew-police.”
“We are aware of these tweets, which are a clear violation of our standards. We are reviewing next steps,” The New York Times said in a statement.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who is Jewish, has called on Wright-Piersanti to be fired.
“An editor from the New York Times is scrubbing his [Twitter] account, this guy Tom Wright-Piersanti, because he was self-describing himself as an anti-Semite and he was going after Jews and others,” Zeldin said on Fox NewsThursday morning before saying he “should be fired.”
Wright-Piersanti also deleted other offensive tweets.
“There are four indian guys with mohawks in this one class, and each one is a douche in his own awful way. I hate mohawk Indians,” reads one tweet dated Dec. 8, 2009.
“I don’t hate Mohawk Indians, though. I love those guys. I just hate Indians with mohawks. Different indians, different mohawks,” he wrote in another tweet that same day.
Last year, Sarah Jeong was hired by the NYT Editorial Board. She had a long history of overtly racist tweets targeting white people. The incident left her unscathed because she wasn’t targeting the “wrong” kind of people.
Just last month, the NYT demoted its deputy Washington editor after he poked at Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, tweeting, “saying Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were from the Midwest was ‘like saying @RepLloydDoggett (D-Austin) is from Texas or @repjohnlewis (D-Atlanta) is from the Deep South.’”
Glad to know this guy has a firm grip on his preceived locations.