An odd pairing

Posted by: ST on February 23, 2006 at 9:25 am

Alan Dershowitz and Bill Bennett come from opposite sides of the political spectrum, but they’ve teamed up in an opinion piece this morning that slams the MSM’s spineless stance on the publishing of the ‘offensive’ Mohammed cartoons. Some key points:

But for the past month, the Islamist street has been on an intifada over cartoons depicting Muhammad that were first published months ago in a Danish newspaper. Protests in London — never mind Jordan, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Iran and other countries not noted for their commitment to democratic principles — included signs that read, “Behead those who insult Islam.” The mainstream U.S. media have covered this worldwide uprising; it is, after all, a glimpse into the sentiments of our enemy and its allies. And yet it has refused, with but a few exceptions, to show the cartoons that purportedly caused all the outrage.

The Boston Globe, speaking for many other outlets, editorialized: “[N]ewspapers ought to refrain from publishing offensive caricatures of Mohammed in the name of the ultimate Enlightenment value: tolerance.”

But as for caricatures depicting Jews in the most medievally horrific stereotypes, or Christians as fanatics on any given issue, the mainstream press seems to hold no such value. And in the matter of disclosing classified information in wartime, the press competes for the scoop when it believes the public interest warrants it.

What has happened? To put it simply, radical Islamists have won a war of intimidation. They have cowed the major news media from showing these cartoons. The mainstream press has capitulated to the Islamists — their threats more than their sensibilities. One did not see Catholics claiming the right to mayhem in the wake of the republished depiction of the Virgin Mary covered in cow dung, any more than one saw a rejuvenated Jewish Defense League take to the street or blow up an office when Ariel Sharon was depicted as Hitler or when the Israeli army was depicted as murdering the baby Jesus.

So far as we can tell, a new, twin policy from the mainstream media has been promulgated: (a) If a group is strong enough in its reaction to a story or caricature, the press will refrain from printing that story or caricature, and (b) if the group is pandered to by the mainstream media, the media then will go through elaborate contortions and defenses to justify its abdication of duty. At bottom, this is an unacceptable form of not-so-benign bigotry, representing a higher expectation from Christians and Jews than from Muslims.

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8 Responses to “An odd pairing”


  1. steve says:

    Dershowitz has a dog in this fight on the Zionist side and Bennett is representing the Armageddonists. They both want the same thing: the destruction of Islam. This has nothing to do with free speech any longer it has become provocation. Peace

  2. sanity says:

    Out of curiosity steve, is there anyone who you are not against or someone who you actually support?

  3. PCD says:

    steve, have you checked under your bed for zionists and armageddonists?

  4. steve says:

    My support goes only to those that practice Peace and non-violence. Peace

  5. Baklava says:

    You don’t support yourself then? :-"

  6. sanity says:

    steve says, “My support goes only to those that practice Peace and non-violence. Peace “

    And that is who?

    Name some names. I am and probably others, curious at who you support.

  7. forest hunter says:

    Good luck talking to the Hookah enhanced drone, People! Gravity laws don’t even apply to that box of rocks. Up is Kosmic and the choir sang AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

  8. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    I showed the cartoons to my high school Current Events class and invited them to discuss the issues of press freedom and religion. It was inspiring to hear their wide-ranging comments. Amazingly, the sun rose the next day right on schedule – no sign that the Republic suffered permanent harm, let alone Armageddon.

    Guess the MSM screwed up – again.