New York Occasions demotes editor over racially insensitive tweets

The New York Occasions demoted Jonathan Weisman, the paper’s deputy Washington editor, after social media customers complained that the Jewish journalist posted a number of racist tweets.

“Jonathan Weisman met with [Executive Editor Dean Baquet] right this moment and apologized for his latest critical lapses in judgement,” the Occasions mentioned in an announcement. “As a consequence of his actions, he has been demoted and can now not be overseeing the staff that covers Congress or be energetic on social media.”

In a single tweet, since deleted, Weisman implied that a number of lawmakers of colour from city districts weren’t consultant of the Midwest and the South. In one other, he appeared to inform an African-American politician that she wasn’t black.

“I settle for Dean’s judgment,” Weisman told the Times. “I believe he’s proper to do what he’s doing. I embarrassed the newspaper, and he needed to act.”

Weisman is the writer of a e-book on racism entitled “(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America within the Age of Trump.” In an op-ed for JTA revealed final 12 months, he wrote about how he had “traversed the nation to warn of the risks of rising nationalism, organized bigotry and anti-Semitic hate.”

The New York Occasions has just lately come underneath hearth for the way it covers problems with race in America. A latest headline that acknowledged “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism” following a sequence of mass shootings generated controversy amongst readers who mentioned that it failed to notice the president’s alleged position in stoking racial and ethnic tensions. Earlier this 12 months, the paper apologized for publishing what they called an “anti-Semitic political cartoon.”