The editor from Politico, Michael Hirsh, who doxxed — that is, posted personal information of someone on the internet; names, addresses and other personal info — Richard Spencer and advocated people go to his house with a baseball bat has resigned.
Now, of course, after saying such a wild statement and encouraging violence against his political opponents, Hirsh is getting well-deserved punishment from the online community, but he and others have been attempting to paint the criticism as an attack from the army of nasty “alt-right trolls,” as Politico did in a recent article.
“A Politico editor who appears to have posted the home addresses of alt-right leader Richard Spencer and then advocated going to his house with a baseball bat reportedly has resigned. Now, he’s the target of Spencer’s army of alt-right trolls,” they wrote.
Spencer has an effective strategy and set of tools to win over the younger, more extreme members of the alt-right who primarily organize online to fight back against journalists they label “cucks”; a derogatory term derivative of the word “cuckold” meant to emasculate.
Michael Hirsh posted Spencer’s Home address on Facebook last Tuesday, and added, “stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans. here are his two addresses.” He then gave out his two addresses in Virginia and Montana. In one statement, they can admit that the person wished violence on another human being and gave out the means to do it — Richard Spencer’s address — was wrong. These same people then say that they are targets of online harassment. The mental gymnastics are incredible.
One of Hirsh’s more civil friends then replied to him doxxing someone in the comment section of his initial post, saying “what does knowing his home addresses do? Send a letter? Confront him in person? Seems like counter-speech is the main thing we can do. You can call it ‘whining’ but I’m not sure that’s fair or constructive.”
Hirsh responded with a call to violence: “I wasn’t thinking of a f***ing letter, Doug. He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?”
According to the Daily Caller, Hirsh then resigned from Politico.
“These posts were clearly outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, and Politico editors regard them as a serious lapse of newsroom standards,” Politico Editor-In-Chief John Harris and Editor Carrie Budoff Brown told the publication. “They crossed a line in ways that the publication will not defend, and editors are taking steps to ensure that such a lapse does not occur again.”
We have not independently confirmed, nor has Vocativ, that Hirsh has resigned.
After Hirsh’s post was made public, he got the same treatment from his political opponents. A Twitter user under the handle “American Aristocracy” posted an address he said belonged to Hirsh and commented “attack!” along with his post. The user of had post history of being what online is called an “edgelord”; someone who frequently posts far right far right content in an attempt to seem more fringe than the next guy (usually teens). Since his post, several other users have re-posted Hirsh’s dox. One user tweeted directly to Politico, saying, “Your author is inciting violence against others. Fire him, or things will get much worse for you.”
One user replied to Politico with the same vitriol Hirsh put out.
Spencer has gotten a lot of press attention after he led an event with 200 members. During his speech he yelled “hail trump, hail our people, hail victory!” at a conference he hosted over the weekend in Washington D.C. One might say that event wasn’t the right place or time for evoking Nazi salutes. Mike Cernovich observed that Spencer seems to be perfect for the left to make into “controlled opposition,” and they are doing just that.
Nevertheless, this Politico editor’s response to the backlash after having doxxed somebody is rather hypocritical. This feeds back into on of our articles from a few days ago on the culture of victimhood in the United States. This man got just exactly what he put out to the world back to him, but the journalists are going to paint him as the victim.
And they wonder why they’re called “cucks”.