Rutgers student and Daily Targum columnist Aaron Marcus has filed a bias complaint against The Medium satirical newspaper for running a column under his name titled, “What About All the Good Things Hitler Did?” He told WWOR-TV that “to say anything praiseworthy of someone like Hitler, and to have people actually believe it was coming from me, even in a satirical manner, is just really painful.” Marcus told his publication:
It’s one thing to write a mock article, and The Medium is known for being offensive and being a satirical newspaper, but it’s another thing to take my name, the picture and title of my column and attribute something so horrific to me.
Here’s what The Medium editor-in-chief Amy DiMaria said about the Hitler column in a letter to the Daily Targum:
Through research of Aaron’s work, a Medium writer was able to accurately mimic Aaron’s writing style, from his tendency to have straightforward, provoking titles in his column to the casual, approachable style of writing he prefers to use. ….This brings us to the accusation that the publication of this article was meant to be anti-Semitic. I want to state publicly, in the strongest possible terms, that the only subject we meant to parody was Marcus, whose work The Medium staff has found as something more than suitable for parody. This piece was not an attack on any religious or ethnic group. It was not an attack on defenseless private citizens.
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