Remember last month when blue-check celebrities like actor Ron Perlman smeared as a Nazi a veteran of the Marine Corps and double amputee who now works for ICE as a computer forensics analyst? Why? Because of the Iron Cross tattoo on his arm.

After Perlman and others spread the false claim far and wide, ICE issued a tweet clarifying that the tattoo is a symbol of his platoon in Afghanistan.

Among those giving steam to the idea that ICE had hired a Nazi was former New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin, who this week tweeted that she’s found a new gig with Media Matters for America researching right-wing extremist groups. Great hire, guys.


Jon Levine writes at The Wrap

Media Matters for America has hired Talia Lavin, a former fact checker for The New Yorker, less than a month after she left the magazine over a tweet falsely accusing a disabled ICE employee of having a Nazi tattoo.

The liberal media watchdog group will employ Lavin as a researcher on far-right extremism, she said Friday in a tweet.

Maybe she’ll do as good a job at reporting on right-wing extremism as the reporters at ABC News. Not that we’re endorsing either group, but we couldn’t help but notice ABC News’s explainer on the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys relied on just two sources: the SPLC and CAIR. What a shocker. That’s just flat-out lazy, guys.

If only they’d waited a few days they could have gone to Media Matters for even more thorough fact-checking.