After the murders: One US mainstream media outlet publishes Charlie Hebdo cartoon, others refusepublish any Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
But many mainstream U.S. media feel otherwise: The Associated Press, CNN, the New York Times, MSNBC, NBC News and others have all shunned the images under one rationale or another. The New York Times has an expansive explanation: “Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story.” That’s from an official statement provided to the Erik Wemple Blog. Newer media outlets like Gawker, the Daily Beast and BuzzFeed have published the images.Meanwhile, USA Today has decided to publish an op-ed from British Islamist Anjem Choudary, which claims that the terror attack is France's fault for not shutting down Charlie Hebdo. That will score them brownie points with Islamic State.
By the way, the New York Times' reaction is particularly mealy-mouthed. How many times have they printed things that are offensive to Jews and/or Christians and claimed they were just giving someone a forum?
Still wondering why the West is threatened by Islamist terrorism?