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People Are Outraged At The New York Post "Muslim Killers" Headline

Many called it divisive.

Posted on December 3, 2015, at 10:47 a.m. ET

Today's cover: Muslim newlyweds slaughter coworkers in San Bernardino shooting

One of the New York Post's front pages on Thursday ran with the headline "Muslim Killers" after two shooters opened fire at a social services center for people with disabilities in San Bernardino, California, killing at least 14 people and injuring 17.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were identified by police as the people killed in a shoot-out with police after the incident. Farook's father told the New York Daily News that he is a Muslim.

The Post also has another print cover is in circulation, with the same photo but a different headline: "Murder Mission."

So the paper copy of @nypost says “Murder Mission” but the version circulating online says “#Muslim Killers”

The "Muslim Killers" cover sparked strong reactions from people online.

@nypost this cover fuels the growing Muslim hatred and discrimination in this country. This isn't journalism..

@theosteenfam @nypost When you say Muslim Killers it gives Islam a bad name. Perpetuating the hate that is already in existence.

Just yesterday the media was refusing to show the killers dead body on TV. But when it's a victim and she's a black woman it's okay?

I can't believe 'Muslim Killers' is actually trending. Stop blaming the entire religion based on the actions of a few people!

Others said the Post was using blunt language, drawing parallels to phrases media outlets used describe Robert L. Dear, a white man who fatally shot three people at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last Friday.

Thank you @nypost for calling it how it is. If @HuffingtonPost can call PP shooter "white terrorist", we can all call them "Muslim Killers".

Some called all of the labels divisive.

Muslim Killers, White killers man see how these adjectives divide us......... Have we forgotten they're still killers

Rubenstein Associates, which represents the Post, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.


The "Muslim Killers" cover was the front page of Thursday's New York Post. An earlier version of this story misstated the day.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.