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|Saul Roth||April 9th 2012|
While Governor Chris Christie was touring the Holy Land, a New Jersey state university published a satire on Hitler in a school newspaper, Fox News reports.
The Daily Medium, a student-funded, satirical publication from Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus not only published the piece entitled, “What About the Good Things Hitler Did?” but the paper falsely attributed the article to a Jewish student – using his name and his picture.
“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 for me and my family," said Aaron Marcus, the victimized student.
Marcus, whose relatives survived the Holocaust, has spoken publicly about the increasing level on anti-Semitism on campus.
The University’s President Richard McCormick issued a strongly worded statement in which he remarked, "federal courts extend broad protection to student media. However, a recent article in the Medium, purporting to be written by student Aaron Marcus and using Mr. Marcus's photograph, is extremely offensive and repugnant. No individual student should be subject to such a vicious, provocative, and hurtful piece, regardless of whether First Amendment protections apply to such expression."The Medium's article was particularly despicable in light of Mr. Marcus's Jewish faith,” he added. The school has opened an investigation into the matter.