The New York Post Is Freaking Out About This "Vicious" High School Confessions Facebook Page [Updated]

One of the many terrifying memes being circulated on Forest Hills HS Confessions
It's really hard to figure out the moral universe in which the New York Post resides. Homeless children living in dangerous, vermin-ridden, sexual assault-plagued shelters? No big deal. Woman reports being raped? Meh, she probably made that up. But halt the presses, call out the National Guard, break out the desk liquor and huff into your paper bags, everybody, because some high school students have a Facebook page.

That's the gist of this masterful piece of reporting, which apparently took no less than three of the Post's crack team. Titled, "'Mean Girls' meets 'Gossip Girl' in vicious school Facebook page," it's about, as the authors put it, "the students' dark secret," a page in which two anonymous moderators put up confessions sent in by the students of Forest Hills High School in Queens.

And it's bad. Real bad. Some of these kids are having S-E-X.

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"Satmar Slumlord" or "The Livelihood of the Synagogue?" Menachem Stark's Mixed Legacy

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Surveillance camera footage shows Menachem "Max" Stark forced into a Dodge Caravan outside his office late Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, Stark's badly charred body was discovered in a smoking trash can at a Long Island gas station.

With that information in hand, two local papers dispatched reporters to learn more about Stark. The New York Times found a family man, a pillar of his community whose death drew more than 1,000 to a local synagogue. The New York Post found a scumbag landlord with a long list of enemies -- so many enemies that the paper ran its story with the headline "Who didn't want him dead?"

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New York Post: City Government Is "Too Generous" With Homeless Families

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The Auburn Family Residence, the shelter described in the NYT series.
Is the latest New York Post editorial a parody of a New York Post editorial? Written by an angry libertarian teenager who doesn't understand why poor people can't "just get a job," like the afternoon gig he's got at Wingstop that helps pay for his Xbox games? That's seemingly the only way to parse this demented masterpiece, written in response to the New York Times's heartbreaking five-part series on the city's homeless families, "Invisible Children."

The NYT series focused on one 11-year-old girl, Dasani, who makes her home in Fort Greene's Auburn Family Residence, a falling-down shelter that houses nearly 300 other homeless children and their families. The series is a painstaking, precise look at how Dasani's family got there; her mother, Chanel, and stepfather, Supreme, are both unemployed drug addicts who struggle to provide for Dasani and her seven siblings. But the series also lays some serious blame with the city and the Bloomberg administration:

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Six Skin-Crawling Passages from Sandra Guzman's Complaint Against the New York Post

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Sandra Guzman
BOO. Happy Halloween! In honor of today's holiday, we figured we'd share some creepy crawlies of our own, culled from the pages of Sandra Guzman's civil complaint against the New York Post and its editor, Col Allan. Guzman is suing over alleged employment discrimination on the basis of her race, national origin, and sex. The original suit was filed in 2009, after Tempo, the Latino interest section headed by Guzman, folded and she was fired. The suit is back in the news when a court dismissed Guzman's claim against News Corp., the Post's holding company, and ruled that the suit would go to trial.

Guzman, who is Puerto Rican, was not only subjected to racist nicknames, it seems, but also '90s-style race and gender humor at her expense and the expense of other women and people of color at the company. The 41 pages go by quickly; it's a pretty fun hate-read.

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Tabloids React To NYPD Shooting Two Women Near Times Square By Writing About "Gangbangers" and "Drug Thugs"

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Theodora Ray, 54, after being accidentally shot by the NYPD.
On Saturday night, as you've likely heard, the NYPD tried to shoot a disturbed man as he was running in and out of traffic near the Port Authority. Instead, they hit two women standing nearby. Theodora Ray, 54, was hit twice in the leg; according to friends interviewed by CBS, she remained hospitalized at Bellevue Sunday night, recovering from surgery. Sahara Khoshakhlagh, 35, was grazed in the buttocks, treated, and released from Roosevelt Hospital Saturday night. Her husband told the New York Post they'd decided not to comment, leaving the Post to deal with their larger problem: how does a newspaper cover the NYPD's shooting of two random bystanders in the most flattering possible light?

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Tabloids Completely Freak Out Over City Council's Vote for More Oversight of the NYPD

Today's Post cover. Come on, guys.
Yesterday was a particularly historic moment for New York's City Council, which voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two NYPD oversight bills. The successful override means that an independent inspector general will be appointed to help regulate the department, and that more people will be able to sue for experiencing racial bias at the hands of the police. Or, if you're the Daily News, it means "THERE WILL BE BLOOD."

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In Response to Censorship Request, New York Post Publishes Incredibly Bitchy, Fairly Hilarious Collection of Bill de Blasio Photos

We originally used this one to illustrate a Musto column about a de Blasio meet-and-greet with drag queens.
Here's the thing about reporters: They're incredibly contrary. (Also, not that hygienic, and so poorly dressed we should probably have our own clothing drive. But that's a different post.) So, when you're a politician, or you work for a politician, and you do something like send an e-mail "asking" (instructing) that only one particular photo of your candidate be used? You should probably prepare for an onslaught of different, less flattering photos of your guy, perhaps from a time when his facial hair was not what it could be.

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Now Village Bomber Aaron Greene Was a Nazi All Along

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Forget whatever the media said before. Now Aaron Greene is a "Hitler-wannabe."
Remember the West Village bomb-maker who went to Harvard and was dyed-in-the-wool Occupy Wall Street?

Remember how he didn't go to Harvard? Remember how he had no connection to Occupy and didn't have any political affiliations or motivations at all?

Remember how yes he did too?

No? Don't remember any of that? All previous iterations of this story safely stowed down the memory hole?

Good. Because here's the new official version: Aaron Greene, arrested last week in his apartment for possession of firearms and the explosive powder HMTD, is a Nazi-lover. Who went to Harvard.

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More Misreporting On the West Village Explosives Arrests

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Aaron Greene, weapons enthusiast and subject of much bad reporting.
We wrote yesterday about the chain reaction of bad reporting the New York Post set off this week when its reporters quoted anonymous sources alleging that Aaron Greene -- one half of the couple arrested on Saturday after police found a weapons cache and explosives in their West Village apartment -- had ties to Occupy Wall Street.

In the aftermath, both the Associated Press and Reuters repeated the Post's claim, and it spread far and wide before the NYPD officially told reporters on the record that they don't think Greene was involved in any political movements.

What we missed yesterday was that on January 2, a full two days after the Occupy link had already been debunked, CBS This Morning ran a segment doubling down on the false claim.

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New York Post Helps NYPD Slander Occupy Wall Street (Again)

Morgan Gliedman was arrested with Aaron Greene, who the Post incorrectly linked to Occupy Wall Street.
When police raided the West Village apartment of Morgan Gliedman and Aaron Greene on Saturday, the New York Post was first to the story.

It was the sort of story that was right in the Post's wheelhouse. Gliedman, 27, nine months pregnant, the daughter of a prominent doctor and the product of a Park-Avenue-and-Dalton upbringing, and Greene, a Harvard alumnus, caught in a filthy den of drugs, decadence, and bomb-making materials just blocks from the townhouse where Weather Underground bomb-makers accidentally blew themselves up decades before.

The story also had another element that appears to becoming a Post signature: citing anonymous sources, apparently from within the NYPD, Post reporters Jamie Schram, Antonio Antenucci, and Matt McNulty reported that Greene had ties to Occupy Wall Street. The assertion was right up top in the story's lead sentence:

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