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    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    My Only Post on the Anti-Muslim Cartoons

    From the Washington Post:

    If I read Charles Krauthammer's Feb. 10 op-ed correctly, it appears that if I were a newspaper publisher and Jews around the world had rioted and threatened violence against a paper that had published an anti-Semitic diatribe or Christians had done the same when a paper published pictures of the Virgin Mary covered in dung, I should publish the articles or the pictures to show solidarity for freedom of the press.

    Why should I publish something in support of freedom of the press that I would not have published in the first place? What is wrong with acknowledging a paper's right to publish something but criticizing its judgment in having done so? What is wrong with my acknowledging that people may rightfully be offended while condemning their use of violence and threats in voicing their anger?

    Is that too moderate or hypocritical?

    DONALD FRANCK

    Silver Spring


    Thanks, Mr. Frank.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    Hmm, good question. I can't say I agree with old Kraut very often (I really hate him on Fox with the other Shouting Heads).

    Upon second reading, I vote for both plus a new category.

    It's too moderate because it suggests he wouldn't have published the cartoons even if they became a legitimate news item (which I think after the riots they undoubtedly became). This smacks of what I call "cowardly moderation". Just don't really take a stand.

    And hypocritical because I don't believe him. He's said other similarly outrageous insulting things about other situations without a wink or a nod and I see no reason he'd be different in this case.

    And, my own category...cop out. He ISN'T an editor so he doesn't have to make the call. He just has to pontificate and then argue about whatever the editor does.

    Conclusion: An idiot well in keeping with the Fox News identity.

    7:41 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Good analysis. Especially the point you make about how to handle the situation once it became a serious news item.

    To me, the disturbing element of all this was how difficult so many people seemed to find it to sympathize with the anger of Muslims who felt their faith was being blasphemed at the same as protecting and celebrating free speech.

    And, I must say that, I didn't know Kraut (don't have a television, despite my TV obsession) was who he was ...

    10:06 AM  

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