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The American Press had 3 shameful responses to the Danish Cartoon Affair:
- Respectful but Dishonest.
The New York Times and other spineless, obsequious, bowing and scraping rags pretended that out of respect for the sensitivities of Muslims they declined to republish the cartoons. It was obvious to anyone that the true reason was fear. Here they are all cowardly for their ignoble fear. The Times’ flippant "especially since the cartoons are so easy to describe in words” is so ludicrous one cannot believe this appeared in the Editorial section of a major paper of record.
- Fearful but at least Honest.
The Boston Phoenix declined republication admitting it made the decision "out of fear of retaliation from the international brotherhood of radical and bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on those who do not believe as they do. This is, frankly, our primary reason for not publishing any of the images in question. Simply stated, we are being terrorized, and as deeply as we believe in the principles of free speech and a free press, we could not in good conscience place the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related companies in physical jeopardy." There was no cowardice here, rather honest and understandable fear.
- With appeasement and dishonor.
The Baltimore Sun believes we must "exercise restraint, judgment, taste and, most of all, respect for the values, religion and cultures of all people." This may seem similar to the cowardly New York Times response, however in the same op-ed piece the Sun went further: "if Americans are serious about improving their relationship with Arab countries and the Muslim community, we should be quick to condemn the deliberately irresponsible, outrageous and hateful journalistic lampooning of the Muslim world's prophet.”
When I first read this I thought the Sun was quoting some Danish Imam but when I couldn’t find the attribution I realized that these words were not from our enemy but from someone who wanted to appease them. The Baltimore Sun deserves the contempt and scorn of every decent American.
- With Courage.
Here is the Honor Roll of News Journals worthy of our respect and admiration for republishing the cartoons:
- Philadelphia Inquirer-Daily News
- the New York Sun
- the Austin American-Statesman
- the Daily Press in Victorville, California
- A small paper in Cheyenne, Wyoming
But there were a few with a fourth and respectful response:
By cowardice and appeasement, two faces of the same coin, the New York Times and The Baltimore Sun have disgraced themselves in the profession of Journalism. As Americans we rely on the Press, the Fourth estate, to be our bulwark against the perfidy of public officials, the dishonesty of private interests and the cant and hypocrisy of the righteous.
We understand differing opinions on issues and even tolerate the news being slanted and colored thereby. What we certainly cannot tolerate is for the defenders of our liberty, for that is ultimately what they are, to hand over so easily the running of our presses to those who would destroy us.
See my previous post Why Muslims demonstrated in Philadelphia
To check which newspapers worldwide republished the Mohammed Cartoons click here.
To see what our MSM were fearful to print, view the Danish cartoons of Mohammed