Spoof column praising Hitler draws Rutgers rebuke

Published April 9, 2012 3:18PM (EDT)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University is investigating a student newspaper's spoof column praising Adolf Hitler as a potential bias incident.

The column "What about the good things Hitler did?" appeared last week in the satirical newspaper the Daily Medium, which is funded in part by Rutgers. The column was falsely attributed to a Jewish student writer for an independent Rutgers newspaper, the Daily Targum.

Student writer Aaron Marcus tells WWOR-TV that publication of the piece under his name was hurtful. He says his relatives died in the Holocaust.

Rutgers President Richard McCormick says the article was "particularly despicable" considering Marcus' Jewish faith.

The Medium's faculty adviser tells The Star-Ledger he hopes whatever action Rutgers takes shows understanding that college is a time when people test boundaries and can learn from their mistakes.

By Salon Staff

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