The fact checker for The New Yorker, who erroneously slandered an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employee and Marine veteran of being a Nazi supporter, has publicly apologized on social media and resigned from the magazine.
Talia Lavin, who was employed as a fact checker in the New Yorker magazine, apologized on June 24 and said that she is no longer an employee of the New Yorker.
In a tweet apologizing to ICE agent and Marine veteran Justin Gaertner, she stated that she is profusely sorry for coming to the hasty conclusion after seeing the photo tweeted by ICE adding that even though she had promptly deleted the photo after making her ‘uncharitable’ comment, the damage she has caused is irreparable.
She is stated that she is extremely sorry and has voluntarily stepped down after a stint of three years at the news outlet, she wrote in the tweet.
Her regret comes after the reactions after she falsely accused Gaertner, a computer forensic analyst at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a battle-wounded Marine veteran, of being a supporter of Nazi ideology. Lavin incorrectly drew conclusions over a tattoo on the left elbow of Gaertner that she made out to be the ‘Iron Cross’ sign used by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party.
ICE strongly criticized the baseless insinuations and demanded an apology from the fact checker for falsely maligning the brave heart soldier and erroneously labeling him a Nazi. The Federal immigration agency also said that the tattoo on the American hero’s left arm has got nothing to do with Nazi’s whatsoever.
ICE said that Gaertner is a battle wounded US Marine veteran who is continuing his service for the country as an ICE forensic analyst helping rescue abused children and solving criminal cases. The tattoo on his left elbow is the symbol for his platoon when he was stationed in Afghanistan.
Last week, the ICE said that the tattoo was not an ‘Iron Cross’ but the ‘Titan 2’, the symbol for his platoon when he was stationed in Afghanistan. The writing on his right arm is the Spartan Creed, which is about protecting family and children.
Lavin’s erroneous allegations were distanced by the New Yorker, which later issued a statement stating that the personal social media accounts of its employees do not represent the magazine and it does not share Levin’s opinion in her tweet.
In spite of issuing an apology, Levin expressed her anguish over ICE’s demand to publicly apologize for the mistake. In a tweet, she wrote that although she owes Marine veteran and ICE official Justin Gaertner an unconditional apology for erroneously implying that he is a Nazi supporter, she does not think it is appropriate for a federal agency such as ICE to target an individual for an innocuous, promptly rectified mistake.