Sunday, February 05, 2006

Our Cowardly, Self-Censoring US-Canadian-British-Australian MSM

Our Cowardly, Self-Censoring US-Canadian-British-Australian MSM

The Western media – especially the US media – have long prided themselves in being daring.  They have often published and spoken about or reviewed or praised various aspects of the gay movement or controversial art or movies with racy sexual themes or depictions (e.g. Bareback Mountain).

If Christians were offended, then they were promptly and unapologetically advised to remember the First Amendment permitted the media.

Now, however, the obvious cowardice and shameless double-standard that the Western media are employing with regard to anything that Muslims find offensive, while it has long been obvious to most of us, has reached the point of undeniability and high comedy.

The Muslim world is enraged by the publication of a few cartoons by a Danish newspaper last October.  Natural curiosity would lead one to wonder: “What do the cartoons look like?”

Yet, of all the US media outlet (outside of the ever daring Internet and, especially, the cutting-edge blogosphere) to show even ONE of these (rather mild) cartoons is Fox News. (Michelle Malkin has video of the Fox News debate on the subject.)

The might NYT?  No.  The WaPo?  Nope.  Time?  Nada.  Newsweek.  Not going there.

Oh, they all write about the Islamic outrage at the cartoons – but none of them dare to publish the cartoons themselves.

WorldNetDaily portrays several of the original 12 cartoons here.

Mark Steyn exposes the MSM’s cowardice here, as does

Perhaps the NYT should change its motto to: “All the news that’s fit safe to print.”

Elizabeth: Call your office.  (You might have to rename your blog!)

Update:  Tim Blair, a gutsy Australian blogger, posts ALL TWELVE of the original offending Danish cartoons.  (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.)


Blogger Christine said...

Of course there is also the fact that 2 of those cartoons were faked and given to the press by an Imam.

There is a lot more to these riots then meet the eye.

Sun Feb 05, 03:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

christine: Bingo! Right you are -- and I plan to blog on that. Funny, in an era of email and instant messaging, the Muslim world is "suddenly" outraged by cartoons published -- what -- FOUR MONTHS ago?

I smell the work of operatives here ... but WHICH operatives?

My top suspects: Iran or China.

Sun Feb 05, 03:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger BostonMaggie said...

The point about viewing the cartoons and republishing them etc. is moot. For Muslims the question is not whether the cartoons are funny or insulting, it is their mere existence. All likenesses of Mohammed are prohibited. No matter the light they are presented in.
I think there are several reasons that this is coming about several months later. For one, several elections in the region have backed traditional Islamic parties, so governments in the region are feeling more free to go the fundamentalist route. Another is that, in the eyes of Muslims, Europe is keeping this going by reprinting them.
Mind you..I'm not saying they are right, I'm just saying these are factors in their reasoning. Don't jump on me baby.

Sun Feb 05, 06:00:00 PM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

hi, maggie! You are right -- up to a point. But, hey, Jerry Falwell and I wonder why a movie like, say, Bareback Mountain, has to exist, but we don't burn down any buildings or beat up people or advocate violence to make our point. So, I am not saying the Muslims have to "LIKE" the cartoons, but they damn well better not try to tell anyone that they cannot be published in the Land of the (are we really still, CNN and NYT?) Free! As far as the factors you give to explain the delayed "spontaneous" rage around the Muslim world, they may have some bearing, but this is (in my view) clearly the (expertly accomplished) work of political operatives. For instance, as several others have already pointed out: Where in Sam Hill did all the Danish flags come from -- I mean in several remote Muslim areas, too? I think Iran knows war is coming: And they are trying to get the Muslim world on a war footing. To be continued. -- gunjam

Sun Feb 05, 06:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger BostonMaggie said...

Agree on the Muslim reaction. Muslims do tend to be violent.

Mon Feb 06, 05:41:00 AM PST  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

"we don't burn down any buildings or beat up people or advocate violence to make our point"

Let me correct your error: so-called Christians have beaten up and murdered gay people in this country. Doctors who perform abortion have been murdered. Womens' clinics that perform abortions have been bombed and burned down. Did you forget about all those events??

Mon Feb 06, 12:18:00 PM PST  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

"Muslims do tend to be violent"

When Muslims conquered Jerusalem in the Middle Ages they let the population live. When Christians conquered Jerusalem in the Middle Ages they massacred almost every man, woman and child.

Before opinionating all over the place, it might be a good idea to actually become knowledgeable about facts.

Mon Feb 06, 12:21:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Libo said...

There are different sects of christianity and different groups of muslims. To generalize that christians conquered jerusalem and murdered many, those same "christians" later on persecuted "christians" of protestant faith. The same with the muslim culture, there are extremist groups that use religion as a mask to stir violence, but there are those who practice their faith in peace.

Tue Feb 14, 01:07:00 PM PST  

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