The New York Times has an obituary for Gershon Jacobson, the founder and publisher of the Algemeiner Journal:
Although Der Algemeiner Journal is widely read by Hasidic Jews, for whom Yiddish is the language of everyday affairs, Gershon Jacobson himself defied easy categorization. Describing himself as an observant Jew, he lived near the Lubavitcher community in Crown Heights, but was not formally affiliated with any Hasidic sect. His paper, at times a lightning rod in the Orthodox Jewish world, reported freely on tensions between rival Hasidic sects, notably the Lubavitch and the Satmar.
A few facts:
- Gershon Jacobson was a Chabad-Lubavitch hasid and an ardent follower of the late rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
- He lived in Crown Heights, in the Chabad neighborhood, not "near" it.
- All his children are Chabad rabbis.
- Gershon Jacobson used the Algemeiner Journal as a PR organ for Chabad – and as a club with which to pummel Chabad's opponents.
Even after death, Gershon Jacobson's spin continues – this time courtesy of the New York Times.