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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Islam and MSM Courage, Pt. 2: The Wrath of Andrew

Wow, Andrew Sullivan just completely went off on the New York Times for their response to the cartoon controversy. Apparently Michael Kimmelman of the Times has condemned the cartoons as "callous" and as a controversy cooked up by "conservatives" to score "cheap points about freedom of expression."

Andrew replies with a can:

"Cheap points"? It's a "cheap point" to illustrate the climate of fear and intimidation that free artists and writers live under in Europe when tackling the issue of Islam. It's "cheap" after the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, and the police protection for many others, now including the editors of Jyllands-Posten. Choosing sides between those who would murder and kill and those who would simply draw and provoke is, for Michael Kimmelman "exasperating." After all, the newspaper that published them could be broadly described as "conservative". "Conservative" in a land where the welfare state is well to the left of America's Democratic party. The pusillanimity of the New York Times on this subject is another low-mark for the paper. They have the gall to run vicious commentary on images they will not publish. Here are two images: one of the Virgin Mary constructed out of dung and supported by public funding; and one of the "callous" Danish cartoons, that pokes fun at the newspaper that ran them. The NYT will publish one but not the other. They are not journalists. They are merely cowards.

Yep, click on the Times article and there you will find the dung-covered Virgin Mary picture. No sign of the Danish cartoons, though--even to show what you're criticizing. Again: when you know one group won't hurt you or take away your free speech, it's easy to speak out against them from the cozy confines of elite Manhattan. But radical Islamicists will find you...

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