New York Times Editor Apologizes After Exposed as Self-Described Anti-Semite

New York Times political editor Tom Wright-Piersanti was exposed as an anti-Semite in a report by Breitbart News published Thursday. Wright-Piersanti posted tweets mocking Jewish people and described himself as an anti-Semite a decade ago. After the Breitbart report, Wright-Piersanti deleted several offending tweets and locked his Twitter account for a time but then unlocked it and posted an apology, saying, “I have deleted tweets from a decade ago that are offensive. I am deeply sorry.”

Tom Wright-Piersanti, image via Twitter avatar.

Breitbart quoted and linked to two tweets that were still active early Thursday but have since been deleted:

 

“I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic,” Wright-Piersanti tweeted on Jan. 1, 2010, at 9:35 a.m. “So…. HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.” — Tom Wright-Piersanti (@tomwp) January 1, 2010

https://twitter.com/tomwp/status/7274044669

“http://twitpic.com/tp39o – Who called the Jew-police?”

— Tom Wright-Piersanti (@tomwp) December 16, 2009


The photo of a car with a Hanukkah menorah on the roof posted by Wright-Piersanti is still active even though the tweet was since been deleted.

Breitbart reported Wright-Piersanti also targeted Indian nationals for online abuse.

Wright-Piersanti locked his account for a time Thursday.

Breitbart later reported White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said she is “disgusted” with Wright-Piersanti’s racism and anti-Semitism.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is Jewish, told Fox News the Times should fire Wright-Piersanti.

UPDATE: CNN’s Oliver Darcy got a quote from the Times, “NYT spokesperson: “We are aware of these tweets, which are a clear violation of our standards. We are reviewing next steps.”

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