Talia Lavin is a Brooklyn writer who seems to see Nazis and would-be mass murderers everywhere she looks. In 2018 she joined an online mob accusing a disabled veteran who was working to combat the sexual exploitation of children of being a Nazi based on one of his tattoos. The tattoo was actually the symbol for the platoon he fought with in Afghanistan. Lavin retracted the allegation and later apologized and quit her fact-checking job at the New Yorker.
Lavin worked for Media Matters for a while and then got a gig teaching at NYU’s Journalism School. However, her class “Reporting on the Far Right” was cancelled because of low enrollment. I can’t imagine why.
In 2019 Lavin wrote a piece for the Washington Post which accused Ben Shapiro of evoking a war between Islam and the west. How did he do this? By tweeting, “Absolutely heartbreaking. A magnificent monument to Western civilization collapsing.” He was referring to the flaming collapse of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. But in Lavin’s view, this was something sinister. Here’s her take along with Shapiro’s response to it: