By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Conservatives are taking the appropriately-named Linda Stasi of The New York Daily News to task, not just for speaking ill of the dead, but for equating a victim of the San Bernardino shootings with his Islamic terrorist murderers, and for purposely excluding him from those she referred to as “innocent victims.”
“They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department,” Stasi wrote in a screed that would have resulted in howls of outrage, demands for her and her editor’s firing, and automatic inclusion on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s ”Hate Watch” site had she been a conservative columnist speaking about a“progressive” victim. “Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage.”
14 victims were slain. She purposely did not include Messianic Jew Nicholas Thalasinos among those to be mourned, because per Stasi, he “was an anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-Planned Parenthood kinda guy, who posted that it would be ‘Freaking Awesome’ if hateful Ann Coulter was named head of Homeland Security.”
One gets the distinct impression Stasi is glad the man is dead.
This column is not going to link to hers, captured in the above screen shot. The New York Daily News is one of the loudest and most obnoxious voices demanding citizen disarmament and there’s a justified suspicion that much of what they post is intended solely as provocative click bait. The more traffic they get, the more they can charge advertisers. I don’t want this article to contribute to that, especially noting the paper’s declining circulation.
They’re desperate, which is why they’ll say and do anything, and why they need freak shows like the one Stasi puts on.
So their advertisers are, whether they intend to or not, giving aid, comfort and sustenance to these outright enemies of gun owners and religious conservatives. As such, they ought to hear from that segment of their customers so they can determine if continuing to patronize The New York Daily News brings more headaches than it’s worth.
I had to turn my ad blocker off to see that for Stasi’s column, both Giant Eagle supermarkets (with a Target fuel perks deal) and True Value Hardware (selling Benjamin Moore Paints) were among the rotating advertisers helping to finance hatred aimed at what is no doubt a significant percentage of their respective customer bases. The question then becomes, do these companies agree that it’s in their corporate interests to fund the message that those with non-“progressive” ideological views deserve to be reviled after they’re brutally slain? Do grieving families need to be subjected to that?
It’s not just a corporate decision. I have a Giant Eagle card. My family shops there for groceries several times a week, and we redeem fuel perks at their GetGo gas stations. As a regular, longtime customer, I have several other options where I live, none of them inconvenient. As a home owner, I’m also a paint customer. And I have a Target card. I now need to consider whether it’s in my interests to instead give business to competitors who are not financing those who would disregard my loved ones and gloat if I were murdered.
I realize these companies never asked to be dragged into this, and all they want to do is advertise their products in high-traffic venues.
They’ve been put in this position solely due to one of their suppliers viciously attacking a significant segment of their customers who hold political views hated by “progressives.” Still, there’s no doubt what the corporate response would be were a “favored” group the target of such a vicious and callous hate campaign.
Will they continue to funnel customer dollars to The New York Daily News, enabling the paper to keep on spreading a message of hate? Perhaps they could be asked.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.