The New York Post’s Jarring Cover Slamming Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Comments About 9/11 Is Totally Polarizing The Internet

A scathing editorial in The New Y ork Post is under fire for its comments on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in response to her March 23 speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

She said:

“[CAIR] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and [Muslims] were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

The editor took issue with Omar’s reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as, “did something” and castigated the freshman Democratic Representative, who is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

The Post also slammed the congresswoman for refusing to call the self-described jihadists responsible for the attacks by that term, instead opting for “some people.”

The writer further shared their interpretation of her comments to portray her in a less than favorable light.

They wrote:

“’Many people expect our community to feel like it needs to hide every time something happens.’ Again, by ‘something happens,’ she means (but won’t say) when Muslims commit acts of terror.'”

The article concluded with:

“Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included.”

The scathing editorial sparked a lot of controversy for its relentless attack on Omar and The Post‘s graphic front cover, forcing viewers to relive one of the most heinous terrorist attacks in modern history.

It sparked a polarizing debate.

The cover for this issue was criticized for being too excessive.

Dan Lavoie, a former advisor to New York Attorney General Letitia James, called The Post cover, “beyond grotesque. It’s shameful.”

“I’m aghast that the NY Post would use this photo — the moment of death of hundreds of my fellow NYers — to score a cheap political point.”

Fellow Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Omar and called out the hypocrisy of the GOP’s knee-jerk, Islamaphobic response.

Freshman Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the other Muslim woman elected to Congress, also supported Omar by denouncing the publication for inciting hate.

Many on Twitter were furious over the article and its cover.

Others thought The Post was calling out Omar’s comments for what they were.

Some pointed out that the comments were taken out of context.

This user felt that the impact of 9/11 still reverberates and should not be minimized the way Omar allegedly did.

It was a debate over semantics and context.

John C. Silva—the Director of Education for the News Literacy Project—identified reactions to the editorial as a:

“teachable moment about quotes and the need to critically evaluate them by taking the time to learn the full context.”

Omar and Tlaib are constantly subjected to harassment and death threats since both Muslim women were elected to Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

 

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