Kurtz reacts to Bret Stephens blowing up over being called a ‘bed bug’

Kurtz reacts to Bret Stephens blowing up over being called a ‘bed bug’


>>Sandra: “THE NEW YORK TIMES” BRET STEPHENS RIDICULED OVER HIS RESPONSE TO BEING CALLED A BEDBUG ON TWITTER. SENDING AN ANGRY EMAIL TO THE PROFESSOR WHO POSTED THE JOKE AND ALSO ALERTING THE SCHOOL’S PROVOST. AMONG THOSE ALSO MOCKING HIM FOR HIS THIN SKIN IS THE PRESIDENT WHO TOOK TO TWITTER THIS MORNING. HE IS NOW QUITTING TWITTER AFTER BEING CALLED “A BEDBUG.” TOUGH GUY. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CHIMING IN. “MY OWN FRIENDS BURST ME HARDER THAN THAT.” HOWIE KURTZ IS HERE. GREAT TO SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON. I AM NOT SURE HOW TO HANDLE THIS. I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH “BEDBUG” IS IN THE NEWS RIGHT NOW IF YOU LET’S GO TO THE ORIGINAL TWEET THAT SET ALL OF THIS OFF. “THE BEDBUGS ARE METAPHOR. THE BEDBUGS ARE BRETT STEVENS.” THEN ALL CHAOS ENSUED.>>THIS IS A TWEET FROM A PROFESSOR AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HERE. HE WAS PLAYING OFF OF THE NEWS. SO FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE BEEN CALLED MUCH WORSE THAN A BEDBUG. SECOND OF ALL, THIS WAS AN AMAZINGLY THIN-SKINNED REACTION ON THE PART OF BRETT STEVENS. NOBODY WOULD HAVE HEARD OF THIS THING EXCEPT FOR THE LETTER THAT HE SENT TO THE PROFESSOR AND TO HIS BOSS. THERE IS NOW A PIECE IN ESQUIRE, SAYING HE IS TRYING TO SQUELCH FREE SPEECH. HE IS GETTING IT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, AOC.>>Sandra: WE KNOW IF YOU ARE ON TWITTER, YOU SEE THAT THERE ARE NOT SO FRIENDLY PEOPLE OUT THERE, SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME THIN SKIN. THEY ARE SUGGESTING THAT HE DOESN’T. HE WENT ON MSNBC TO RESPOND.>>A PROFESSOR AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY DESCRIBED ME AS A BEDBUG OR A METAPHORICAL BEDBUG. JUST THE CONTEXT OF THE NEAR TIMES HAVING A BEDBUG PROBLEM. AND I THINK THAT KIND OF RHETORIC IS DEHUMANIZING AND TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE, NO MATTER WHERE IT COMES FROM. SPEAK TO HIS WORDS.>>THE LETTER THAT HE WROTE ACTUALLY WAS NOT BAD, AND WHAT SHE SAYS WHY DON’T YOU COME TO MY HOUSE, ME AND MY WIFE AND KIDS, AND SEE IF YOU WERE TO CALM ME UP BEDBUG TO MY FACE. IT DOES LOOK LIKE AN ATTEMPT TO GET HIM IN TROUBLE AT WORK. THAT IS GIVEN THE PROMINENCE THAT HE IS A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER, A VERY GOOD WRITER. GIVEN HIS PROMINENCE, IT LOOKS LIKE USING AN ELEPHANT GUN TO ATTACK A FLEA. THAT’S WHY THIS HAS BLOWN UP HERE AND NOW YOU MENTIONED, DELETING HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT.>>Sandra: IT JUST FEELS LIKE WE ARE BORDERING ON THE ABSURD A LITTLE BIT, DON’T YOU THINK? THIS IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY. I WILL MOVE ON FROM THAT, AND I WILL TALK ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS. GOING AFTER CORPORATE MEDIA. HERE HE IS IN HIS OWN WORDS. “AFTER DECADES OF CONSOLIDATION AND DEREGULATION, JUST A SMALL HANDFUL OF COMPANIES CONTROL ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU WANT, READ, AND DOWNLOAD. WE SHOULD NOT WANT EVEN MORE OF THE FREE PRESS TO BE PUT DIRT SUCKED CONTROL OF THE BENEVOLENT BILLIONAIRES WHO CAN USE THEIR 80 EMPIRES TO PUNISH THEIR CRITICS AND SHOW THEMSELVES FROM SCRUTINY.” SO BERNIE SANDERS WANTS TO SAVE THE FREE PRESS.>>I’M VERY IMPRESSED THAT ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS THAT AS A GOAL. BUT WHAT YOU JUST READ ABOUT “BENEVOLENT BILLIONAIRES,” WITH A COUPLE OF POSSIBLE EXCEPTION, HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE OF IT. RICH GUYS WHO BOUGHT “THE WASHINGTON POST,” THE “L.A. TIMES,,” THEY ARE REVITALIZING THOSE RIVERS. IT JUST READS TO ME LIKE AN ANTICORPORATE THING. HE DOESN’T LIKE BIG MEDIA MERGERS. HE THINKS THAT THEY SHOULD DISCLOSE LAYOFFS.>>Sandra: THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR HIM.>>YEAH, SURE. HE GOES AFTER THE TECH COMPANIES, SAYING THEY ARE CANNIBALIZING THE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS. EVERY NEWS ORGANIZATION WANTS TO PROMOTE THEIR STUFF IN PLACES LIKE FACEBOOK. SO I THINK WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE, SENDER, IS THAT BERNIE SANDERS IS NOT HAPPY WITH THIS COVERAGE, PARTICULARLY FROM “THE WASHINGTON POST,” OWNED BY JEFF BEZOS.

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