Daily News Columnist Lambasted for Equating San Bernardino Terror Victim With Perpetrators
The New York Daily News came under attack Sunday for publishing a piece smearing one of the victims of last week’s San Bernardino massacre.
In her column on Saturday, Linda Stasi asserted that Nicholas Thalasinos, among the 14 people murdered by a Muslim co-worker and his wife, is “inaccurately” being eulogized as a kind and loving religious man. Describing Thalasinos as a “radical Born Again Christian/Messianic Jew,” Stasi goes on to compare him to his killers.
“Make no mistake,” she wrote. “As disgusting and deservedly dead as the hate-filled fanatical Muslim killers were, Thalasinos was also a hate-filled bigot.”
Stasi also lambasted Thalasinos for being an “anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-Planned Parenthood kinda guy,” who regularly posted his views on social media; and said sarcastically of the terrorists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, that they kept their hatred “quiet,” while assembling bombs “under their neighbors’ noses.”
Stasi referred to both the victim and his killer as radical. “Except for their different religions, they were in many ways similar men who even had the same job,” she wrote.
The column sparked outrage on social media, with one Twitter user calling Stasi an “airhead journalist,” and another describing her as a “female equivalent of a jackass.” Another asked why Stasi seemed to reserve her vitriol for the victim, but not the terrorists.
“What a disgusting incorrect moral equivalency,” said another. “One was a killer, the other was an innocent.”
Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large at Breitbart, was offended by the column and wrote on Twitter: “The editors of The NY Daily News are truly reprehensible human beings.”
Commentary editor-in-chief and New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote: “Linda Stasi, I’m ashamed to know you. As you should be ashamed to have written this.”