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

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>>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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  1. Bernie Sanders fights corporate consolidation of the media. Then the media criticizes him for it. Not exactly subtle, folks.

  2. Sanders has never held a real job his entire life. So, I'm not surprised that he doesn't understand what part corporations play in providing jobs.

  3. I have to laugh because before this report ran, there was a mattress commercial playing🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. I happen to believe there are many bedbugs in our media and government. Not that it's fair to call anyone a bedbug , but this is the rhetoric we've all got to stop… left and right, this is all just getting ridiculous.

  4. Howie.. Bernie is correct about Media. But you would not recognize it because it is right in your grille….

  5. "It's, not Kurtz, who minces once on a moped!!" Im sure NOBODY will get this obscure reference, but thats my life.

  6. Howie Kurtz? Isn’t he the dude replaced by Brian Stelter on CNN?

    Sad to see how far he has deteriorated since leaving the adult supervision at CNN.

  7. When is Trump going to grow up. He tweets like a 12 year old mean girl, and we're supposed to think this is normal? I raised four boys to become men, and if any one of them acted the way the President of the United States acts, I would have tanned their hide, but good.

  8. Gee I hope Stevens had a safe space to go to! Poor little snowflake! Oh hell… now hes gonna be upset that he got called a snowflake!

  9. Why not Report NEW WORTHY Information instead of spending time on trivia i.e. Bret Stephen's BedBug story? REALLY??

  10. Mommy, somebody called me a 'bed bug'. Come here and let Mommy give Bret a big hug and put him in his safe space. But Mommy, I have a column to write. I don't have time for my safe space today. Okay, Brettie Baby, then let Mommy give you a cookie, instead. The Left is 100% nuts. He'd go into a coma if he was called even a fraction of what we conservative Trump supporters are called by Leftists on Twitter or in YT threads.

  11. There are tooth fairies and bed bugs and creepy crawly things and sleeping on a cloud.
    You can't be all of them.
    You can't please all of the people all of the time…
    I'd say you're a whiny spineless mommies boy.

  12. This Sandra Smith is not a smart woman may be she is hired for her blonde ness the president is upset with her and I never liked her she seems shallow.

  13. Hmmmm…. I don't suppose he means that he's not getting the endorsements he wants. He's just angry about the endless barrage of attacks on Trump and he doesn't want all that fake news polluting peoples minds. He wants an even-handed press. That must be it.

  14. In 2012 the Trump International in NYC also had a bedbugs infestation.
    Nobody going crazy about that one. Everybody all just cares about Doral because Trump wants to use it for G7

  15. It's amazing how these Lunatic Lefties like Bret Stephens get so triggered, and SO easily. They can dish it out, but can't take it. You need to calm down Bedbug Stephens!!

  16. What’s this? Trump Hotel successfully sued for having Bed Bugs? Trump invites G7 to stay at Bed Bug infested hotel?

  17. Sandra… WE are not bordering on the absurd, it is the leftist, DEMOCRATS that have gone off the rails. Ordinary people know how to take a joke or a jab without going into insane hysterics. Another example of Jeremiah 17:9 in the bible… The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it.

  18. Sounds like Bernie Sanders is talking about the democrat party when it comes to a so-called free press… It's the democrats who are suppressing free speech.

  19. Calling someone a bedbug is dehumanizing?

    I wonder what his thoughts are about the moron that said that the Republican Party should be burned to the ground and make sure no one survives

  20. This dude learned nothing from “Fredo” Cuomo’s cringeworthy meltdown. So he sealed his own fate with his own little hissyfit and will forever be called a bedbug.

  21. Trump does not like Fox, with all its lies. We all have to stop watching Fox! End of Hannity, Tucker, Dobbs, Jeanine. Finally justice

  22. AOC or any other Democrat have no right to rip on this guy because we all know how bad Democrats cry when called anything.

  23. I think it's odd that none of the news reports about this talk about the most obnoxious aspect of what Stephens was trying to do, which wasn't simply to try to get this professor fired, but tried to suggest that 'bedbug' was intended as an anti-Semitic 'dog whistle'.

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