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Bridget Johnson


January 6, 2014 - 6:43 am


The New York Post is under fire for this cover that revels in the brutal slaying of a Hasidic real estate developer.

Menachem Stark was kidnapped Thursday off a Brooklyn street, was choked to death and burned. His body was found in a Dumpster over the weekend, prompting the Post to delve into his history as a landlord. Stark’s family noted that he was a generous figure in his community and believes the slaying was a Mafia hit or an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Needless to say, there was a lot of outrage over the Post cover.

“Who did not want him dead? Who didn’t? His children did not want him dead,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at a Sunday afternoon press conference, demanding an apology from the paper.

“I’m sickened by the @NYPost condoning the murder & kidnapping of chasidic businessman. I don’t subscribe. If I did, I would cancel subscription,” tweeted New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield.

Even businesses spoke out:


The Post acknowledged the “harsh criticism” from politicians and Hasidic leaders but defended its cover.

“The Post does not say Mr. Stark deserved to die, but our reporting showed that he had many enemies, which may have led to the commission of this terrible crime,” a spokesman for the paper said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.”

What do you think? Was the cover too much?

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Sounds like a Hasidic NY version of Valerie Jarrett. Who besides B.O. doesn't want HER dead?
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Way over the top. There are more than 300 million Americans who didn't know about him and thus didn't want him dead.
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When I see the same headline for an Islamist, I will believe their alibi.

But, cartoonists have learned that the reaction in that instance is likely to find a new way to cancel the newspaper, wouldn't it?
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The cover was obnoxious and stupid.
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