Talia Lavin

Fact-Checker Who Slandered War Hero ‘Resigns’ Following MILO Post

A fact-checker for the New Yorker magazine announced she 'voluntarily' resigned after she wrongly accused an ICE agent of sporting a Nazi tattoo.  

A fact-checker for the New Yorker magazine announced she “voluntarily” resigned after she wrongly accused an ICE agent of sporting a Nazi tattoo.  

“I resigned voluntarily, and was not coerced to do so. I did feel that in the right-wing media environment (and while being singled out by Milo Yiannopoulos for doing my job) I was being used against my colleagues. I was not fired,” the far-left, Harvard educated former Conde Nast employee wrote on Twitter.

This month, Lavin made remarks that Justin Gaertner, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan and is now an ICE forensics analyst, had a tattoo on his elbow that was a Nazi Iron Cross.

ICE said in a statement the embarrassing tweet from Lavin was deleted after “military veterans responded that the tattoo looked more like a Maltese cross, a symbol associated with firefighters.”

Gaertner clarified the tattoo was a “Titan 2” symbol that represented the platoon he served with in Afghanistan.

“The writing on his right arm is the Spartan Creed which is about protecting family and children,” ICE pointed out. “Anyone attempting to advance their personal political opinions by baselessly slandering an American hero should be issuing public apologies to Mr. Gaertner and retractions. This includes Levin [sic] and the New Yorker.”

Gaertner’s duties included sweeping for IEDs and serving as a fire team leader in Afghanistan. He scarified both his legs and suffered other permanent injuries during his deployment.

When he returned home, Gaertner became a para-Olympic competitor and ICE says “volunteered his time to motivate other wounded warriors and Boston bombing victims.” His chief duty with ICE is bringing child sex offenders to justice.

Following the slanderous comment, MILO revealed he had been working with Lavin on a story the New Yorker was publishing about him. He immediately withdrew his consent following the horrid accusation against Gaertner.

Taking to social media, MILO wrote:

This ungodly specimen is Talia Lavin. Talia is a Harvard-educated “fact-checker” for the New Yorker. She is also a complete moron. Talia saw a tattoo on an Afghan veteran who lost his legs fighting for the US and who now works a desk job for ICE and announced to the world that it was a “Nazi” Iron Cross. Setting aside the fact that the Iron Cross is simply a German war medal that predates the Third Reich, the tattoo was actually his platoon insignia. He’s a war hero — and the New Yorker smeared him as a Nazi. Sadly our “fact-checker” is currently working on a New Yorker feature about *me*. God only knows what disgusting and outrageous lies the piece will contain. I have already spent many hours on this with the journalist and then with the fact-checker, but just now I informed @newyorkermag that my consent and participation have been withdrawn. They are not to use any material from interviews or follow-up fact-checking phone calls in their piece. They can write what they want about me, but I’m not helping them any more. The last shred of hope I had for fair treatment from the press is officially gone.

While crediting MILO, Lavin insists she left the New Yorker voluntarily.

Either way, Bye!




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