The now-former New York Post digital producer who was fired after he hacked the paper’s website and Twitter account to publish a number of vulgar headlines has expressed remorse for his actions which he attributed to “an emotional tantrum” that he insisted was not motivated by politics.
Last week, the paper fired 25-year-old Miguel Gonzalez following a brief investigation that determined his responsibility for the shocking posts which took aim at high-profile political figures like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez whom he wrote should be assassinated, that Joe and Hunter Biden should be murdered and that Rep. Lee Zeldin, the New York GOP gubernatorial hopeful would “rape and batter” Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul.
Gonzalez, who also attributed a racist insult of New York City Mayor Eric Adams to Zeldin, explained himself to the Daily Beast’s Confider newsletter. “I let my own stupidity get the best of me,” he told the outlet which caught up with him at his New Jersey home, the location where he reportedly carried out the “hack” of the paper’s digital media accounts.
The New York Post has been hacked. We are currently investigating the cause.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 27, 2022
“I deserved to get fired for a very volatile, irresponsible, and disgusting action and an utmost betrayal of the New York Post,” he said.
“I disrespected them at that moment. It’s my responsibility to now apologize,” he added, stressing to the outlet that the incident “was not at all politically motivated but rather a reaction to troubles in his personal life.”
“The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and the employee has been terminated,” a spokesperson for the paper said in a statement last week. “This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts.”
“The New York Post has long fostered an ugly, toxic conversation on their front pages and social accounts, but these posts are more disgusting and vile than usual,” a representative for Hochul said of the graphic language in Gonzalez’s faux post. “The New York Post needs to immediately explain how this reprehensible content was made public. While the Post has made its preferences very clear in the New York Governor’s race, there is no room for this violent, sexist rhetoric in our politics. We demand answers.”
(Warning: Image contains offensive language, reader discretion advised.)
— anne🌵 (@sceeneey) October 27, 2022
“These vile, racist, and sexist comments have no place in public discourse, even by those unlawfully hacking a Twitter account,” said Mayor Adams’ press secretary of the graphic racist language in the phony post.
The Daily Beast reports that Gonzalez started working at the paper in 2019, his first job in journalism after he graduated from college. “He described his grueling shifts for the website—during which he’d build stories and insert photos—as intense to the point where he was responding to Slack messages from editors while he was in the bathroom.”
Gonzalez said that he wants to stay in journalism but acknowledged that it may be tough going after his “emotional tantrum” at the Post.
“I’m probably going to be blacklisted everywhere as I seek employment. What I did was horrible. It was my mistake and I owe a lot of people apologies,” he told Confider.
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