NYT's Bari Weiss Doubles Down on False Tweet Congratulating U.S. Olympian as ‘Immigrant’

February 13th, 2018 10:04 AM

New York Times Opinion editor and frequent guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Bari Weiss drew the ire of both the left and right Monday after she tried to score a political point using false information.

Weiss tweeted out praise for U.S. skater, Mirai Nagasu, who made history this week by becoming the first female U.S. Olympian to land a triple axel. Weiss congratulated Nagasu by touting, “immigrants get the job done.”


Problem is, Nagasu is not an immigrant--she was born and raised in California.

Weiss immediately received backlash for the tweet, so she deleted it, but still kept defending her mistake on Twitter, which earned her more criticism. Weiss twisted herself into a pretzel trying to explain that by congratulating Nagasu as an “immigrant”, she was referring to her parent’s Japanese heritage:

Along with tweeting out equally stupid articles from left-wing sites like Think Progress:

While the reaction to Weiss’s bad tweet was overblown, her refusal to own up to her mistake seems to be what caused more controversy. Weiss dramatically lamented that the hate tweets she received afterwards amounted to "civilization's end":

This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that a reporter has essentially tweeted out fake news. CNN’s Michelle Kosinski mistakenly re-tweeted a North Korea parody account last week to try to make a point about feminism.