Bad headlines continue to plague the New York Times. This time, it's one of his columnists who allegedly calls a Twitter user a "bug".
After Monday's news reports that the Times offices were infected with bedbugs, George Washington University associate professor David Karpf had fun at the expense of the newspaper's columnist, Bret Stephens, tweeting : " Bedbugs are a metaphor, and bedbugs are Bret Stephens. " "It has 9 likes and 0 retweets. I do not have it. @ It does not follow me," Karpf said over the email. "He is deeply offended that I called him a metaphorical bug."
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"Someone just pointed out a tweet you wrote about me" Bed Bug, "Stephens started the email." I'm often wondering the things that supposedly decent people are willing to say about other people ̵
The Times columnist continued to invite Karpf to his home, meet his wife and children, and then call me" bug "in the face."  "That would require real courage and intellectual integrity," Stephens told the university professor. "I promise to be polite, no matter what you have to say, maybe you'll feel better about it."
Stephens made it clear that his offer was a "permanent invitation" and that Karpf was welcome to bring his partner.
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The columnist, who is also MSNBC contributor, has been brutally mocked on social media, some even called him a "bug" for writing one E-mail. Others called for "hypocrisy" for his earlier defense of freedom of speech.
The Times did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News for a comment by Jonathan Weisman, the former editor of the Times Washington Bureau, who was downgraded by the newspaper earlier this month after the writer Roxane Gay sent emails to her in which he demanded an apology for a tweet that criticized him.
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The Gray Lady has been plagued by controversy this month. The headline summarizing President Trump's remarks after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton was marked by fierce backlash. Separately, a Times editor had to apologize after the old Tweets critics who were labeled as racist and anti-Semitic reappeared.