Media double standard on offending Muslims

Posted by: ST on February 15, 2006 at 12:39 pm

The bigwigs in the media both here at home and abroad have gone out of their ways to explain to us how, out of sensitivity to Muslims, they won’t publish the offending Mohammed cartoons. Yet they don’t seem to mind offending Muslims when it comes to displaying yet more photos/video from the Abu Ghraib scandal – horrible abuses that happened two years ago that surfaced early to the middle of last year in the press.

Keep in mind that the people involved in the abuse that took place at Abu Ghraib at that time are being punished accordingly – this story is not new news, outside of showing “new” photos of the same abuse we saw when this story first broke last year. So why the need to pile on? Hmmm.

Here’s a breakdown:

The Washington Post on the publishing of the Mohammed cartoons:

[ Editorial Page Editor Fred] Hiatt also could have chosen to run the cartoons depicting Muhammad. Downie oversees the news pages. And the wall of separation between editorial and news is high, very high.

But Hiatt said he would have made the same decision. “I would not have chosen to publish them, given that they were designed to provoke and did not, in my opinion, add much to any important debate. Should our calculation change once the story becomes big, because the cartoons are suddenly ‘newsworthy’? If it was essential to see them in order to understand the story, then maybe. But in this case, the dispute isn’t really about what the cartoons look like . . . it’s about the fact that he was depicted at all. The cartoons were easily explainable in words. Why reprint something you know will offend many of your readers?”

The Washington Post on the new Abu Ghraib photos/video today (note photo and video links in the middle right side of the page).

CNN on the publishing of the Mohammed cartoons:

CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.

CNN on the new Abu Ghraib photos/video today.

The NYT on the publishing of the Mohammed cartoons:

“On the one hand, we have abundant evidence that a significant number of people — some of them our readers — consider these cartoons deeply offensive and inflammatory” Mr. Keller wrote. “Indeed, to publish them after seeing the outrage and violence across the Islamic world could be perceived as a particularly deliberate insult” he said.

“On the other hand” he continued, “we feel we can quite adequately convey the nature of the cartoons by describing them.” I quite agree. I doubt that the descriptions of the cartoons in Times articles over the past four days have left many readers with any major questions about why the drawings could offend Muslims or why some people might find humor in them.

The NYT on the new Abu Ghraib photos today: Nothing yet. I’ll update when it happens. PM UPDATE I: The NYT joins the reporting on this story here.

Don’t let the media fool you when they talk about not wanting to ‘offend’ Muslims. They have no problems with it at all – at least not if it fans the flames of hatred against the US under the Bush administration.

(Hat tip: Tim Blair)

Others blogging about this: Stop The ACLU

PM UPDATE II: Antonia, you still don’t get it . It’s not about any mythical double standard on the part of ‘hateful blogbursters’ of wanting the media to censor Abu Ghraib photos while at the same time requesting they post the ‘offending’ Mohammed cartoons. It’s about the very real media double standard on not wanting to’ offend the sensibilities of Muslims’ – a rule they only seem to selectively follow, as this post has pointed out. Get a clue, woman.

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    1. Sistah

      I disagree with your stance on this and I have no problem any members of the media who refuse to print the cartoons. I just dont believe that it was the Danish newspaper’s intention to make a point about freedom of speech so much as it was about reckless journalism as in “let’s see what kind of reaction we’ll get if we do this!” It wasn’t necessary and if their point was really about freedom of speech, there are plenty of other (and more safer) ways to do so. Mind you, I’m not in any way condoning the actions of those “protesting” the cartoons, but why throw gasoline on a fire that continues to burn? Need we also be mindful that people are being killed over this? Now’s the time for calm, not piling on.

    2. BTW, sorry I meant to write “Sister” not “Sistah”….my bad.

    3. mahowel says:

      Yet they don’t seem to mind offending Muslims when it comes to displaying yet more photos/video from the Abu Ghraib scandal
      What better way than this to prove to the terrorists that the media is on their side…8-|

    4. steve says:

      Anybody can draw a cartoon but, only the foolish and immoral can get photo’s taken of themselves hurting and killing people. bush, a real genius? Peace

    5. mahowel says:

      Anybody can draw a cartoon but, only the foolish and immoral can get photo’s taken of themselves hurting and killing people. bush, a real genius? Peace

      Comment by steve @ 2/15/2006 – 3:45 pm

      I’m sorry but can someone translate this for me.:-?

    6. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Why does the MSM turn squeamish when it comes to showing the Danish cartoons but is so eager to defend the “public’s right to know” in the Cheney hunting story that they are willing to invent a scandal out of thin air, complete with “inaccurate but true” accounts?:-?

    7. Baklava says:

      Woman stoned in Turkey for not wearing a head scarf

    8. steve says:

      Crazy straight man kills 1 and wounds 2 at a gay bar then kills himself after killing a cop and his friend. Baklava, your point is? There are stupid people everywhere, but let’s clean up our own house first. Peace

    9. StanDeSD says:

      Hey Steve, in case you haven’t noticed, most of us don’t make excuses for the isolated losers that you mentioned in you latest little piece of apologia. When are you going to start using the same standard for judging the Islamokooks as you do for the rest of the planet? :(

    10. – the worst of it all is that we Conservatives do have a few viable bones to pick with the Admin, but you can never get close to those issues because of the constent childish screeching, and wild foaming at the mouth of the left in the “Get Bush” marathon. Which, if they were half as smart as they think they are, they’d realize isn’t working, will never work, and in the end just makes their plight that much worse. They have a real problem now, because they tossed the dice on the idea of demonizing Bush and its failed miserably and they’re running out of time. But then they have no plan, other than ALL Socialism ALL the time, which they know will get kicked to the curb everytime they go with that. I’ve noticed lately that even some of the most far left talking heads on TV are starting to openly lament the lack of a viable Democratic plan, and admitting that “Bush bad, Left good” is not a plan.

      – Me, I’m just relishing the idea of Gulliani/Condi ticket in 2008. The Dems will have no choice but to trot out the Racial bigotry smear/attack machine, and in doing so, they’ll lose another 30% of their base. No matter how you look at it they’re trapped. Couldn’t happen to a nuttier group of birdbrains….

      – Bang **==

    11. sanity says:

      Educate yourself.

      If you think you know how many have died and the attacks that have happened, you are sadly mistaken.

      Much seems to be missing from the MSM daily routine of barely giving credence to the threat out there.

      Vist the Religon of Peace website for a truly eye-opening expose on how many have been murdered, raped, killed, where, when and how. All in the name of Islam.

      A few interesting facts to put numbers in perspective:

      More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.


      More civilians were killed by Muslim extremists in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.


      19 Muslim hijackers killed more innocents in two hours on September 11th than the number of American criminals put to death in the last 65 years.


      Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 50 years.

      Remember this when you want to appease the terrorists:

      “Fight and slay the Unbelievers wherever ye find them. Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.”
      Qur’an, Sura 9:5