Accuracy in Media

The New Yorker issued an apology after its fact-checker mistakenly reported that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement worker had a Nazi tattoo.

The fact-checker, Tanai Levin, tweeted that combat-wounded veteran and ICE forensics Justin Gaertner had a Nazi Iron Cross tattooed on his elbow.

Gaertner said the tattoo is actually a “Titan 2” symbol for his platoon when he served in Afghanistan.

Lavin deleted the tweet, and the New Yorker apologized, but the controversy remains.

“The New Yorker has just learned that a staff member erroneously made a derogatory assumption about ICE agent Justin Gaertner’s tattoo. The personal social-media accounts of staff members do not represent the magazine, and we in no way share the viewpoint expressed in this tweet,” a spokesperson said. “The tweet has been deleted, and we deeply regret any harm that this may have caused Mr. Gaertner.”

ICE has demanded an apology from Lavin.

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