New York University’s journalism school hired Talia Lavin this week, a former New Yorker ‘fact checker’ who once falsely claimed that a disabled vet ICE agent had a Nazi tattoo.
New York University has hired Talia Lavin as an adjunct journalism professor less than a year after the former New Yorker fact checker resigned after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.
Lavin’s undergraduate course “Reporting on the Far Right” will kick off in the fall semester of 2019 at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. In its official faculty bio, the university billed Lavin as an expert in “far-right extremism and social justice.”
At least one current NYU journalism student questioned the decision to hire Lavin. “I sympathize with Lavin’s politics, but I don’t know why someone who had to quit their journalism job for falsely implying someone is a Nazi should be teaching at NYU,” said the student, who requested anonymity for fear of academic reprisal. “I know there are plenty of reporters out there in need of work who haven’t made a mistake like that.”
WIBC host Tony Katz:
“Her job was to double check and re-check, but she never bothered to research and ask, ‘Hey, what’s the tattoo?’ The New Yorker distanced themselves; she immediately got hired by Media Matters, and now she’s with NYU.
Why do these people still get jobs? Because they all support each other on the left. They don’t put people out to pasture; they retain them and find another way to use them because they are good for the progressive ’cause.’”
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