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A New York Times columnist became the laughing stock of Twitter after a professor shared an email from the writer complaining about being called a 'bedbug.'
David Karpf, an associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, took to his social media on Monday to share that columnist Bret Stephens took issue with a tweet the educator made in reference to news that bedbugs were in the NYT newsroom.
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'The bedbugs are a metaphor,' Karpf said in his initial tweet. 'The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.'
The tweet had initially received a measly nine likes, which Karpf noted, but eventually made its way to Stephens.
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In response, the columnist took to Karpf's email and CC'd GWU's provost.
'I'm often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people - people they've never met - on Twitter,' he said in the email that Karpf shared. 'I think you've set a new standard.'
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He continued: I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my home, meet my wife and kids, talk to us for a few minutes, and then call me a 'bedbug' to my face.
'That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part. I promise to be courteous no matter what you have to say. Maybe it will make you feel better about yourself.'
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Stephens added that the invitation was 'standing' and provided a snippet of the professor's post.
Karpf's tweets quickly went viral overnight, with his initial dig garnering more than 24,800 likes and just under 4,000 retweets.
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Many users blasted Stephens, prompting him to delete his account on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Stephens appeared on MSNBC to defend his actions and provide context on why being called a 'bedbug' impacted him so much.
'I think Twitter tends to bring out...
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