Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Why Are US Editors Cowards?

Freedom of the press is one of the principles that America was founded upon. Whenever we talk about spreading democracy to other nations, one of the principles cited is freedom of the press.

But if it is so important, why are almost all US media outlets cowering before Islamic rage?

Fox News, whose slogan is We Report...You Decide, hasn't shown the cartoons, or put them on its website.

CNN doesn't have the cartoons on their website, neither does ABC or MSNBC. CBS left the cartoons off their site as well.

Most of the Nation's newspapers have declined to print the cartoons, as have Time and Newsweek.

In fact, only the Philadelphia Inquirer has printed the cartoons, and they only printed one. They have the whole set on their web site, but you have to first read the Editor's justification as to why they printed the cartoons before you can find the link to actually see the cartoons.

Many of the media outlets, when explaining why they have not printed the cartoons or hosted them on their web site, make the ridiculous assertion that they can present the story to their readers without showing the pictures.

But that is an absurd contention.

This story is all about the cartoons. News outlets owe it to their readers to print the pictures, so we can gain some understanding as to what has turned the Islamic world on its head. We need to be able to judge for ourselves if moslems are merely thin skinned, or if there was something truly offensive about these cartoons.

There are 58 moslem countries with about 1.4 billion moslems in them, and it is important for everyone to see what it takes to piss off 1.4 billion people.

This story has the potential to be a bigger story than Katrina, the Tsunami, HAMAS winning an election, and Iranian nuclear weapons programs. Seriously.

So why aren't media outlets showing us the cartoons already?


By the way, if anyone can explain to me why it is more offensive to show a cartoon picture of mohammud than it is to show scenes of Moslems acting like animals in the street, I would appreciate it.


Blogger Krunk said...

And it gets better.The leader of Iran has publicly said that the cartoons were created by the Zionists.And still not a peep out of anybody.

February 07, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

If more of them grew up in detroit it would be a different story. They would be used to getting shot at and mugged on a daily basis.

February 07, 2006 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Chana said...

Wonderful! And ironically humorous. I like all of your contentions, and I wish there were some answers.

February 07, 2006 4:51 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

The only answer is that violence gets results. When the Arab and European world comes out with anti-semetic cartoons, no-one opens their mouth, and they're not forced to since when a Jewish community has never burnt down an embassy for these cartoons.

Maybe, we should employ these tactics also, and we'll get the same results... Hmmm... interesting.

February 07, 2006 4:59 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Jack,can you explain something to me?I have lived in Detroit all my life and I have yet to experience any of the things you've mentioned in the past...Why is that?

February 07, 2006 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Tovya @ ZionReport.com said...

you know, i have asked myself that question all week long, and i am yet to find an answer.

February 07, 2006 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're not that old

February 08, 2006 12:58 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...


That is because you never leave the house.

February 08, 2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger iSrAeLiWannab said...

yeah krunk. u really need 2 get out more...

February 10, 2006 2:08 PM  
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