John Podhoretz Pulls Plug on His Twitter After Backlash to Controversial Tweet


Commentary editor John Podhoretz pulled the plug on his Twitter account on Wednesday after he faced backlash for a tweet suggesting journalism schools “should be neutron bombed.”

In a tweet that has now made the rounds on social media, Podhoretz wrote: “Talia Lavin and Lauren Duca teaching at NYU J school is the best argument yet that J schools should be neutron bombed and their buildings given to Rick Singer for no show side door people.”

Lavin is the former New Yorker fact checker who resigned after she falsely claimed on social media that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent had a Nazi tattoo. She will be teaching an undergraduate course called Reporting on the Far Right.

Lauren Duca is a former contributor to Teen Vogue who became an internet sensation after she went on Tucker Carlson’s show and called him a “partisan hack.” She is teaching a class this summer at NYU where tweeting is part of the students’ grades.

Lavin suggested Podhoretz’s Twitter account was axed for a bomb threat. (It wasn’t, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed. Podhoretz deactivated the account on his own.)

She was not the only one commenting on Podhoretz’s Twitter farewell.

Check out some of the top snark below:

[images via screengrab, Twiiter]

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