Newsweek issued an apology Wednesday after senior writer Alexander Nazaryan compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with Nazis in a tweet that he has since deleted.
Nazaryan even defended his tweet to one critic by saying, “Because part of my job is having opinions. One opinion I have is that Ted Cruz would be a very bad president.”
His boss at Newsweek, editor-in-chief Jim Impoco, disagreed and told The Washington Examiner that he was disappointed and that Nazaryan’s tweet doesn’t align with the magazine’s editorial values:
I apologize for any doubt that this might have cast on Newsweek’s editorial integrity or credibility. We’ve addressed the situation with Alexander and the rest of the staff and will be reviewing and reiterating our social media policy in coming days.
Despite the rebuke, Nazaryan was unrepentant, tweeting “I deleted my tweet calling Ted Cruz a Nazi. Not fair to his totally decent supporters, as much as I dislike the man himself.”
Nazaryan is entitled to his opinion and he isn’t the only member of the liberal media who doesn’t like Cruz, or any other Republican presidential candidate, for that matter. But comparing him to a Nazis crosses a line, and he owes Cruz an apology for doing so.