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NY Post's Insensitive Headline: Offensive and Unnecessary

January 6, 2014

Letters to the Editor
New York Post 

To the Editor:

While there has been much focus on the Post’s insensitive headline, “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” surrounding the murder of Menachem Stark, we are equally troubled by the opening of the Jan. 5 article, “The millionaire Hasidic slumlord.”

There was time enough in the piece to describe Stark’s background, but to lead with this reference to his being “Hasidic” is offensive and unnecessary.  Just substitute any other minority for “Hasidic” in such an opening description and it would be understood how provocative it is, particularly associated with the descriptor “millionaire slumlord.”

Sincerely,

Evan Bernstein
New York Regional Director

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