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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Great Minds Think Alike

Last night I went over to Chatterbox Chronicles, and responded to a commenter on the idea that the west shouldn't have published the cartoons of Mohammed.

He had posted the following:

I'm going to disagree with you about posting the pictures. I think the reality of the situation has to be taken into concern.
My response was this:

James, what reality should we face? That a newspapers freedom to publish something is being quashed by the threat of violence against them? As a people in the US we've rejected that same type of reaction from our own intolerant groups like the KKK. While there are many bigoted whites around, you'll find very few who agree with the KKK's methods of dealing with their bigotry. So why should we knuckle under to a group that is really the cultural equivalent to the KKK? You can go ahead and run down the road of appeasement, it hasn't worked. Here is a link to a site that will show you what 27 years of appeasing Islamic Terrorists has gotten us.

Then, I get up this morning and find my response was a channeling of the thoughts of Bill Bennett and Alan Dershowitz, who have an excellent opinion piece in this mornings Washington Post, taking the American media to task over this issue.

While we may disagree among ourselves about whether and when the public interest justifies the disclosure of classified wartime information, our general agreement and understanding of the First Amendment and a free press is informed by the fact -- not opinion but fact -- that without broad freedom, without
responsibility for the right to know carried out by courageous writers, editors, political cartoonists and publishers, our democracy would be weaker, if not nonexistent. There should be no group or mob veto of a story that is in the public interest.
A lot of bloggers, including myself, have been very critical of the media in this regard. Bennett and Dershowitz, definitely a set of "strange bedfellows", express very well what the rest of us have been feeling, that the press caved to pressure from radical Islam. There has been a mob veto, to use their phrase, of the coverage of the 12 cartoons.

In fact, that veto went so far as to have an editor at the Daily Illini, a college paper for the University of Illinois, dismissed for printing them. Stop the ACLU is even supporting the ACLU in trying to get him reinstated (and no, Hell didn't freeze over).

What do these folks, from all these divergent backgrounds understand that James over at Chatterbox Chronicles doesn't? Again Bennett and Dershowitz explain it best:

When we were attacked on Sept. 11, we knew the main reason for the attack was that Islamists hated our way of life, our virtues, our freedoms. What we never imagined was that the free press -- an institution at the heart of those virtues and freedoms -- would be among the first to surrender.
Read the rest of their opinion piece if you read nothing else today.
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Other Folks Blogging On This: Lone Pony with American Press Held Hostage By Islamic Terrorists, and Thunder Run with his Web Recon Report for today. Educated Shoprat has an even larger roundup of bloggers who are covering this today.


Blogger Always On Watch said...

Finally the WaPo grows a set! And this commentary will get a lot of circulation too.

Now, does the WaPo have the guts to publish the cartoons? I don't think so.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

CP: Completely correct; I listened to Bennett this morning and subsequently checked the Bennett/Derschowitz article -- an excellent read.

It proves that the Left and Right CAN agree if both use that little thing called Common Sense.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great article and excellent points Bob. Strange bedfellows are being made all over the place with this and the port deal. But I commend Dershowitz for being intellectually honest in this situation. I thought you made a good point on my blog about how when Christians are outraged over something we complain not turn to violence.

I thought this clip from the Bennett/Dershowitz column was particularly good:

"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."

Thanks again for your words of wisdom and for the link :-).

10:30 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I totally agree with you here.

I don't think anybody wanted violence like this to happen, but to say they shouldn't have printed the cartoons because they knew it would cause violence is just ignorant. Hey, let's make all women wear veils, denounce Israel, make Osama Bin Laden leader and declare Islam the national religion while we're at it! Just to avoid any future terrorist attacks.

Doesn't make much sense.

12:52 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I think the media will be completely changed by this. We will see old towers of the MSM fall and new towers, who spoke the truth in times of crisis, rising up.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Considering 80 blogs have picked up the Post piece, along with others who aren't indexed by Technorati, I think the words gotten out on this.

I hope it does change the way the media does business.

9:11 PM  

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