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.”
bomb a school, you say pic.twitter.com/SdrgSZUt2i
— lvl 45 chaos caucus potus (@thetomzone) March 20, 2019
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.)
d…. did podhoretz get suspended for bomb threats pic.twitter.com/pjMKyXlpgt
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) March 20, 2019
She was not the only one commenting on Podhoretz’s Twitter farewell.
Check out some of the top snark below:
congrats to John Podhoretz for owning himself so hard he erased his own existence
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) March 20, 2019
Podhoretz calling for the bombing of J schools and then deleting his own account is peak today
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) March 20, 2019
i'm gonna go ahead and say podhoretz is back by, oh, 7 pm tomorrow
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 20, 2019
In essence, John Podhoretz made a mistake and resigned from Twitter like Talia Lavin made a mistake with a tweet and resigned as a fact-checker, which made John Podhoretz so apoplectic he made a mistake with a tweet. https://t.co/xgTMahSivF
— Adam L. Penenberg (@Penenberg) March 21, 2019
John Podhoretz may have deleted his account, but his final post (asking the official McDonald’s Twitter if they were planning on coming out with a Lady Hamburglar) will live on forever. Godspeed, John. Godspeed.
— stefan heck (@boring_as_heck) March 21, 2019
There was a lot of anger that @laurenduca’s class curriculum included a portion of twitter usage.
John Podhoretz deleting his account after this tweet proves how right she was.
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) March 21, 2019
Pod Save Podhoretz From Himself (also please save the university communities he’s suggesting should be bombed) https://t.co/GRK67NAoJg
— Alex Kotch 🔥 (@alexkotch) March 20, 2019
Theory: Podhoretz deleted his account not realizing that suspended accounts look different than deleted ones, will come back in a day or so and claim that he was unfairly suspended
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 21, 2019
[images via screengrab, Twiiter]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org