Would the New York Post publish a headline like this if the victim were Muslim?A disgusting headline from Sunday's New York Post:
disgusting front page pictured above.
The story reported that “Although many neighbors described him as well-liked and charitable, Stark left behind a trail of angry tenants from more than a dozen residential properties, mostly in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, along with an untold number of unpaid contractors and angry business associates, investigators said.” It quoted a tenant who said "I've had many conversations with him, and of course in many of those conversations, I wanted to kill him."
Many readers sensed anti-Semitism behind the headline, which appeared almost to justify the murder and make light of it. The Post went on to report, in a later article, that a partner of the slain businessman is now fearing for his life and has hired bodyguards.
About 200 people gathered at Brooklyn's Borough Hall on Sunday, as Jewish leaders and Brooklyn elected officials called on The Post to apologize.
“Whatever the facts turn out to be and whatever the full story as established by the police, young children have lost their father and a wife is now a widow,” Rabbi Moishe Indig, a leader of the Aroynem Satmar stream, said in a statement. “To have a front-page story declaring ‘Who didn’t want this man dead?’ is an affront to all New Yorkers.”Stark left a widow and seven children behind. There's a petition protesting the Post's coverage of the story here. The best way to protest the coverage is for the community to organize to stop reading the paper - both the hard copy version and the online version. I did not open the Post's web site to write this post.
Finally, someone has posted this video to YouTube, which has garnered over 10,000 hits in less than a day.
Let's go to the videotape.
As I asked in the title of this post, would the post have printed such a headline if the victim were Muslim? If they had, the newspaper's offices would have already been burnt down....