NY Post Glorifies Islamophobia In Their San Bernardino Shooting Cover

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
In the wake of the mass shootings in San Bernardino on Wednesday, the New York Post unveiled an ignorantly insensitive headline on its front page.

In the wake of the mass shootings in San Bernardino on Wednesday, the New York Post unveiled an ignorantly insensitive headline on its front page that reads “MUSLIM KILLERs,” fueling the right-wing's inflammatory, Islamophobic hysteria.

The newspaper changed its headline on Thursday’s front page from “MURDER MISSION” to the highly contested “MUSLIM KILLERS” online overlaid with an image of the shooting’s injured victims.

Instead of merely implying racism, the Post said exactly what was on every bigot’s mind: that Muslims were behind this massacre and thus society must demonize them all.

"Muslims are no more responsible for yesterday's terrible events than Christians are for Planned Parenthood," Robert McCaw, government affairs department manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations' national chapter, told Mic, speaking to Friday’s attack on the reproductive health organization.

In contrast, the Planned Parenthood carnage didn’t even grace the cover of the Post following the attacks. Violence against abortion providers is insignificant, but a mass shooting allegedly enacted by a Muslim couple is newsworthy for this xenophobic news organization. 

The New York Daily News released a cover condemning politicians for  their “thoughts and prayers” as an adequate response to the shooting, writing “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS.” Instead of rallying behind stronger gun control measures as a solution, the Post is relying on demagoguery and furthering the West’s rampant Islamophobia. No, no guns are not the problem, it’s those scary Muslims who will unleash a murderous rampage. No factual mention that only two out of the 353 mass shootings in the United States in 2015 have been carried out by Muslims, while the majority of these horrific events have been executed by white males. Does the real problem lie in fanatical extremism or the U.S.’s incredulously easy accessibility to guns?

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