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Thursday, January 08, 2015

After the murders: One US mainstream media outlet publishes Charlie Hebdo cartoon, others refuse

One US mainstream media outlet - the Washington Post - decided that it was important to show its readers why 12 people were murdered in Paris on Wednesday. The rest of the US mainstream media is either afraid or too politically correct to publish 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?

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At 9:11 PM, Blogger Max Coutinho said...

Hi Carl,

Hypocrisy at its best.
But I have a question: how many of those media outlets have Muslim (or Arab) shareholders?

When they show images of Muslims burning our flags and stepping on them: isn't that offensive to patriotic citizens? Notwithstanding, they feel comfortable with it.



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