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Bret Stephens’ bedbug scandal part 2: Where are the editors?

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Bret Stephens may have thought he would get the last word on the “bedbug” controversy, but it seems the New York Times columnist just stepped on another rake.

Stephens was the target of more mockery after a new column published Friday made a not very subtle reference to “bedbugs,” as he appeared to be comparing his critics to Nazis just days after he deactivated his Twitter account over an online quarrel with a college professor.

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Stephens was roasted for taking offense to a joke by George Washington University professor, Dave Karpf, comparing him to a “bedbug” this week, and was accused of bullying Karpf when he fired off an email scolding him – and copying his boss.

Stephens defended his actions in an MSNBC appearance, claiming he never meant to get Karpf in trouble, but went on to complain that being called a “bedbug” is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.”

But instead of moving on, Stephens tried to make his point in another failed attempt to address “bedbugs.”

In his latest column, entitled “World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter,” Stephens compared the “new technology” of radio in the 1930’s to Twitter today as he attempted to show the parallels between “the prewar era and the present.”

“Radio then, like Twitter today, was the technology of the id; a channel that could concentrate political fury at a time when there was plenty to go around,” he wrote in the op-ed which was topped with a photo of the Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

But Stephens came under heavy fire for what seemed like a complete misinterpretation of a quote about Jews living in a Warsaw ghetto.

Twitter users slammed Stephens for missing the fact that there literally was a bedbug epidemic in Warsaw.

His op-ed even prompted a response from Karpf.

To make matters worse, Twitter users were appalled to find that the New York Times columnist’s piece used  Google search results for “Jews as bedbugs.”

Readers also blasted the New York Times’ editors for failing to save Stephens from himself.

The Times responded to criticism over the link in Stephens’ story.

But there seemed to be no saving Stephens from the ridicule – again.

Frieda Powers


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