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Will the Boycott of the ‘New York Post’ Over Its Ilhan Omar Cover Work?

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Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota).

New York City Yemeni American convenience store owners are refusing to sell copies of the New York Post in response to a front page image attacking Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) for comments she made about 9/11. The boycott comes amid growing calls for similar demonstrations against right-wing media, and questions over how—and whether—media boycotts work or if they serve to strengthen the partisan positioning of those they target.

The cover of the April 11th edition of the New York Post featured an image of the smoldering World Trade Center, reading “Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 Was ‘Some People Did Something'” and “Here’s Your Something, 2,977 People Dead by Terrorism.”

The April 11th, 2019, cover of the New York Post.

The April 11th, 2019, cover of the New York Post.

The paper took a partial quote and transposed it over an image of the attack, seeming to associate Omar with it, observers charged. At a Council on American Islamic Relations banquet last month—at which Omar was targeted by what appeared to have been a white supremacist bomb threat—Omar said, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

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