Talia Lavin is an “extremism researcher” for the left-of-center media criticism organization Media Matters for America, a position she’s held since July 2018. Lavin has also been a freelance writer for publications such as the Washington Post and Lilith magazine.  She resigned from a prior position as a fact-checker with the New Yorker in June 2018 after she falsely labeled an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent’s U.S. Marine Corps unit tattoo a neo-Nazi symbol.
In June 2018, Lavin had to resign from her position as a fact-checker for the New Yorker after she made statements appearing to falsely claim an ICE agent was a neo-Nazi.  The agent was a former U.S. Marine wounded during military service and the tattoo was a symbol of his platoon, not (as Lavin had suggested) an Iron Cross, a German military symbol used by the Nazi regime. While Lavin wrote that she was resigning in order to protect the New Yorker, the publication distanced itself from Lavin. She later claimed that ICE unfairly targeted her for her tweet and that it criticized her in part because she identifies herself as “a fat Jewish feminist with a Harvard education.”