Politico editor resigns after publishing alt-right leader's home addresses

An award-winning Politico national editor resigned Tuesday after publishing two home addresses of an "alt-right" leader.


The abrupt departure happened after Politico's Michael Hirsh published the private addresses of Richard Spencer, head of the National Policy Institute, which critics describe as a white nationalist organization.

“Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans,” Hirsh wrote on his public Facebook page. “Here are his two addresses.”

After being asked by a commenter if it was ethical to post someone's home address, Hirsh threatened to escalate matters.

“He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?” Hirsh wrote.

Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown said Hirsh’s post was impossible to defend.

“These posts were clearly outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, and POLITICO editors regard them as a serious lapse of newsroom standards,” Harris and Budoff Brown told The Daily Caller.

“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.”

Spencer has been labeled by critics as a Nazi, racist and white supremacist.

“Let’s party like it’s 1933,” Spencer said at a party last Friday, according to The Washington Post, in a reference to the year Hitler was appointed Germany’s chancellor.

“We need an ethno-state,” he said in a 2013 speech, the Post noted, “so that our people can ‘come home again,’ can live amongst family and feel safe and secure.”

He ended his address, according to the newspaper, by invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I have a dream.”

Hirsh — a winner of the Overseas Press Club Award in 2001 and a National Magazine Award in 2004 — joined Politico in 2014 after four years with National Journal.

The Hill has reached out to Hirsh for comment.