New York Times’ Bret Stephens Loses His Mind Over Being Called a Bed Bug After it Was Revealed the Paper’s Office is Infested

New York Times op-ed columnist Bret Stephens is having a bad day after snitching to the boss of a professor who wrote a funny viral tweet comparing him to a bed bug when news broke that the newspaper’s office is infested.

Stephens has now deleted his Twitter account amid massive backlash and mockery.

On Monday afternoon, a Times editor had posted that their newsroom was infested with bed bugs. George Washington University professor David Karpf saw an opening and made the joke that “the bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.”

Karpf’s harmless joke initially gained little traction, but has now gone viral after he posted that Stephens had emailed his boss over it.


“This afternoon, I tweeted a brief joke about a well-known NYT op-Ed columnist,” Karpf wrote Monday night. “It got 9 likes and 0 retweets. I did not @ him. He does not follow me. He just emailed me, cc’ing my university provost. He is deeply offended that I called him a metaphorical bedbug.”

After many people asked to see the email, Karpf posted it in full.

“I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people — people they’ve never met — on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard,” Stephens wrote in an email in which the university’s provost was also copied. “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.”

GW University responded publicly, defending their professor’s right to free speech.

The writer went on MSNBC Live Tuesday on Tuesday morning to defend his decision to snitch to the professor’s boss over a joke.

“All I would say is that using dehumanizing rhetoric like bedbugs or, you know, analogizing people to insects, is always wrong,” Stephens said. “There’s a bad history of being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past.”

“Maybe it will make you feel better about yourself,” Stephens continued. “Please consider this a standing invitation. You are more than welcome to bring your significant other.”

Naturally, the overly sensitive opinion writer is being ruthlessly mocked and trending on Twitter.

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