You knew it would happen. Now the mainstream media in the United States, many who have refused to run the editorial cartoon that sparked riots among Muslims, are claiming that it’s their policy to not run anything which might overtly offend any religion.
The New York Times and much of the rest of the nation’s news media have reported on the cartoons but refrained from showing them. That seems a reasonable choice for news organizations that usually refrain from gratuitous assaults on religious symbols, especially since the cartoons are so easy to describe in words.
Actually, the New York Times got it right. “Much of the nation’s news media” are not showing the Mohammed cartoon, including CNN, who stated that they won’t show it “out of respect for Islam” (see statement at the end of the story) — but they don’t seem to have a problem showing a picture of Kanye West in a crown of thorns, which is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Some feel this mocks Jesus and Christianity, and the rest feel that it simply highlights that joke that has become of what was once a relevant rock magazine.
As for the USA Today, they won’t run the Mohammed cartoon, even though it’s “news” now and not the work of one of their own people, but the USA Today also had no problem running the Kanye West photo.
Apples and oranges?
You might be saying that the cartoon depicting Mohammed with the time-bomb turban is an “apples to oranges” comparison with the Kanye West photo, since West is merely dressed to portray Jesus. Okay, let’s run with it. Given that, would the USA Today, CNN, or many others, run a picture of, say, Snoop Dogg, dressed as Mohammed? If you said “yes”, I’ve got a new James Frey memoir to sell you (I believe his new book is called “I Was the First Man to Walk on the Moon”).
As for the New York Times, not only will they not show the Mohammed cartoon in question, but they were also the ones who first tipped off terrorists that their phone calls may be wiretapped. Not only do they “respect” Islam, but they’ve been damn near humping its leg, right along with much of the MSM in the U.S.
It makes you wonder how much of the MSM can call themselves a “free press” when many of their editorial decision are shaped by fear. The “free press” is either trying to kid us, or themselves.
MSM: Mocking Mohammed, bad. Mocking Jesus, pop culture heroics