Politico Editor Resigns After Posting Alt-Right Leader’s Address, Discussing ‘Baseball Bats’
A top Politico editor offered his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he posted the addresses of alt-right and white nationalist leader Richard Spencer on his Facebook page and told a friend to bring a baseball bat.
The Daily Caller News Foundation first reported that Michael Hirsh wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted: “Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans. Here are his two addresses.”
One of his Facebook friends then asked why he was posting the address. “Completely agree we should mobilize against his hateful ideas, but what does knowing his home addresses do? Send a letter? Confront him in person?” they asked.
“I wasn’t thinking of a fucking letter, Doug,” Hirsh responded. “He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?”
Politico apologized in a statement to The Daily Caller: “These posts were clearly outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, and POLITICO editors regard them as a serious lapse of newsroom standards,” said editor-in-chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown. “They crossed a line in ways that the publication will not defend, and editors are taking steps to ensure that such a lapse does not occur again.”
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