The New York Post, known for its vile treatment of pols and controversial leaders, brought together a rather broad range of Brooklyn elected officials and community leaders to condemn the tabloid for its front page coverage of slain Menachem Stark.
“Who did not want him dead? Who didn’t? His children did not want him dead,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, hosting the press conference at Borough Hall Sunday afternoon. “Residents of this city didn’t want him dead. Most important, his son didn’t want him dead.”
The Borough President also announced a $10,000 reward for anyone bringing information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the murderous killers.
Public Advocate Tish James took the New York Post to task for calling for the abolishment of the Office of the Public Advocate. “Well, let me tell you why today we need a Public Advocate. Because today, the New York Post reached an all-time low,” she said. “Today, you’ve given license to murder.
Today, you have condemned someone without the facts. Today, you minimized and made insignificant life.”
Ms. James called on the city and consumers to penalize the Post. “Every government official should refrain from advertising in the New York Post,” she said to loud applause. “Every government official should withdraw any governmental notice from the New York Post. And everyone should condemn the New York Post.”
Councilman David Greenfield pledged to not accept any apology unless it is published on the Post’s front page in Monday’s edition. “We expect many bizarre things on the cover of our tabloids. But the one thing that we do not expect is to literally kick someone while they’re down and to condone the murder of an innocent victim. And that’s exactly what occurred in today’s New York Post,” said Mr. Greenfield. Adding, “For us, for all New Yorkers, we are disgusted, outraged and appalled that the NY post would dare celebrate – on their front page – the murder of an innocent New Yorker. Even Osama Bin Laden got better treatment than a businessman, a father and a community leader.”
“We demand nothing less than a full apology on the front page by the NY post tomorrow,” he added.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch called on the Anti-Defamation League portest libel against Stark and the Orthodox Jewish community. “There is no press conference, there are no press releases or tweets that can demonstrate our outrage, and when I say our outrage, it means the outrage of every single New Yorker,” said Mr. Deutsch. Borrowing a line from Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mr. Deutsch asked, “Do you have no decency?”
Williamsburg Councilman Steven Levin called out The Post for seeding hate against the community. “What [The NY Post] has done is out of pure greed, hatred, and disregard for human life. It has been done of out of disregard for human decency,” he said. “It is all of our responsibility collectively as a city and as a society to say that we will not abide, we will not stand by and allow a publication known for low standards, reviled for their low standards, to bully our community and to bully our city and to sully the name of victims and innocent people.”
Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo challenged the Post for abandoning the values of honest journalism. “This is really a tragic day that this paper has come out,” she said.
Assemblyman Joe Lentol raged, “The NY Post should be ashamed of themselves.”
Councilman Mark Treyger said the reporters assigned to the Post story should be assisting in finding the killer rather than disgracing this person, his family and community. “This is unacceptable. Where are the journalists trying to find out who’s responsible for this gruesome act?” Mr. Treyger asked in dismay. “We should be working together, not dividing out city and communities, in bringing justice to [Stark’s] family. His grave is still fresh, he should not be out on trial.”
Rockland County Legistlator majority leader, Aron Wieder, as well as local community leaders also condemned the Post and called for justice and fairness.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)