- New York Times editor Tom Wright-Piersanti was demoted for tweets that resurfaced Thursday, which he described as “offensive.”
- The tweets appear to mock Indians and Jews, and two were also critical of The New York Times.
- The Times said Wright-Piersanti apologized to leadership for “his recent serious lapses in judgement.”
New York Times editor Tom Wright-Piersanti was demoted for 10-year-old tweets mocking Jews and Indians resurfaced Thursday.
“I have deleted tweets from a decade ago that are offensive. I am deeply sorry,” Wright-Piersanti wrote on Twitter, according to The Wrap. Wright-Piersanti’s tweets have since become protected.
As the @NYT keeps bashing the President, their own political editor Tom Wright-Piersanti has YEARS of antisemitic and racist comments on his Twitter page.
— Jessie Jane Duff – Text FIGHT to 88022 (@JessieJaneDuff) August 22, 2019
“Jonathan Weisman met with [New York Times Executive Editor] Dean Baquet today and apologized for his recent serious lapses in judgment,” the spokesperson said.
“As a consequence of his actions, he has been demoted and will no longer be overseeing the team that covers Congress or be active on social media. We don’t typically discuss personnel matters, but we’re doing so in this instance with Jonathan’s knowledge.”
In now-deleted tweets from 2008 and 2010, according to Fox, Wright-Piersanti wrote:
“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.”
“Want to see dozens of Indian girls grind all over each other? Go to the Golden Rail Pub in New Brunswick, NJ.”
“Two high-voiced Indian guys keep calling each other ‘dawg’ and they aren’t doing it as a joke. F**k THAT s**t.”
“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.”
“I don’t hate Mohawk Indians, though. I love those guys. I just hate Indians with mohawks. Different Indians, different mohawks.”
In another, he posted an image of a car with a giant lit menorah on top of it and wrote, “Who called the Jew-police?”
“What the NYTimes does is take your story, spice it up with a dash of *douche zest* and then a million people read it,” he wrote.
He later tweeted about a Times reporter who was sent to Montclair, New Jersey, for a story, writing, “Maybe NYT was right to send a douche,” adding a line from a Times article that read, “‘Montclair likes to think of itself as having more of a mix of races and classes than other suburbs.’”
Republican Congressmen Mo Brooks of Alabama and Lee Zeldin of New York called on the Times to punish Wright-Piersanti for his past tweets.
“Fire this dangerous bigot,” Brooks wrote on Twitter, along with a quote from Wright-Piersanti.
New York Times senior staff editor Tom Wright-Piersanti posts: "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."
Says LOTS about NYT!
NYT: Fire this dangerous bigot! Mo
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) August 22, 2019
Zeldin wrote, “[The New York Times] has a political editor [Tom Wright-Piersanti] who literally describes himself on Twitter as anti-Semitic & has slammed Jews, Native American Indians & others. This isn’t an intern. It’s an editor. Someone should walkover to his desk, tell him to pack up & escort him out.”
.@nytimes has a political editor @tomwp who literally describes himself on Twitter as anti-Semitic & has slammed Jews, Native American Indians & others. This isn’t an intern. It’s an editor. Someone should walkover to his desk, tell him to pack up & escort him out. pic.twitter.com/OIQaiGNDgF
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) August 22, 2019
The Times came under fire in August 2018 for hiring an editor who also had a history of questionable tweets, such as, “Dumb*ss f**king white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants.”
The Times defended its decision to hire Jeong after her tweets resurfaced, praising her “exceptional work” and adding, “Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a frequent subject of online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers.”
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