Outrage Over Paper’s Coverage of Hasidic Businessman’s Murder
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:
— Job Leonson (@JobLeonson) January 5, 2014
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?