Yesterday, BrooklynDaily.com (the online outlet for the Bay Ridge Courier, Bay News, and other assorted papers in News Corporation’s Community Newspaper Group) reported on the rescue of Coney Island Bialys and Bagels by two Muslim-American businessmen. Here’s the link to their story, though you should probably read the story at The Jewish Daily Forward, too, since they broke the news over a week ago.
That the Community Newspaper Group is a week late to a story doesn’t shock me, of course. What did shock me was the Daily’s list of “similar stories” to what was otherwise a feel-good story about people reaching across ethnic lines to bake sweet, delicious bread:
Not that this is anything other than News Corp doing what they do best- conflating any positive news about Muslims and Arabs in our community with terrorism and dictators – but their idea of stories similar to “Muslim-American businessmen to rescue Jewish bakery” are a story about a local terrorist moneyman and three of Shavana Abruzzo’s “Muslims who suck” editorials. Yes, the similarities to bakery ownership are striking. I can totally see it. Can’t you?
No? Maybe that’s because the stories aren’t similar at all, and the effort to make the connection is blatantly racist.