In a display of stunning carelessness, Michael Hirsh, the national editor of Politico, has resigned after publishing two physical addresses for a prominent alt-right leader and using rhetoric that suggested using a baseball bat in dealing with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
From theÂ New York Daily News:
Michael Hirsh urged Facebook friends to â€œstop whiningâ€ about alt-right leader Richard Spencer and â€œexercise your rights as decent Americans.â€
Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, gained national attention after a weekend conference speech where he used Nazi phrases and said â€œHail Trump.â€
â€œHere are his two addresses,â€ Hirsch said on Facebook, in a post grabbed by conservative siteÂ The Daily Caller.
Hirsh later commented that on the post that he was not suggesting sending Spencer a letter, and he is quoted as responding to a questioner with: â€œHe lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to [1930sÂ German-American pro-Hitler group]Â Bund meetings. Want to join me?â€
Hirsh, formerly of Newsweek, posted his last piece for Politico onÂ Sunday, and both his Twitter and Facebook accounts were deleted as of Tuesday morning. Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Editor Carrie Budoff BrownÂ editors released a statement regarding the incident following Hirshâ€™s resignation, the Daily News reported:
These posts were clearly outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, and POLITICO editors regard them as a serious lapse of newsroom standards.