A student at Rutgers has filed a complaint after a parody newspaper printed a pro-Hitler story with his byline. The university is investigating the situation as a bias incident, the AP reports. The piece, titled "What About the Good Things Hitler Did?," was attributed to Aaron Marcus, a Jewish columnist for school newspaper the Daily Targum. "No individual student should be subject to such a vicious and provocative and hurtful piece, regardless of whether the First Amendment protections apply to such expression," said university president Richard McCormick.
Marcus had relatives who died in the Holocaust, he told local TV. "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," he said, according to the Star-Ledger. The editor of the spoof publication, called the Medium, says the paper impersonates Targum columnists every year. This year, she says, editors picked Marcus thanks to a "distinctive writing style that would be easy to parody."