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Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Just Admit it, Newspapers: You're Scared of Muslims - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

The American press has no guts and are proving to be completely spineless. Willing to unmercifully attack conservative women running for public office since they do not support abortion, they are scared to death (maybe this should be 'scared of death') to print anything that would be even just a little titillating when it comes to Muhammad or anything Muslim. Just look at the Danish cartoon controversy that infected the 'intellectual elite' at the icons of the American press that decided to not show these images even though they are arguably not that provocative. No guts, completely spineless and dodging their responsibility to the American public.

The attitude of the American press does nothing to serve the interests of the American people. Furthermore, complicating the presses failure, the American left is seen calling those people that oppose the ground zero mosque 'Islamophobes'. Who are the real islamophobes, those that express their opinions grounded in how they actually feel or those that are charged with the task and responsibility to communicate to their readers the world around them that are too scared to show these kinds of images? Who are the ones that harbor a phobia that is an irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people? Are the people that protest against a mosque that is being built, bigots or those that absolutely refuse to show their readers something that is important and not really a big deal. Is it reasonable that the American press be held hostage to potential bloody violence perpetrated by frothing-at-the-mouth Islamists? Or is the press complicit in allowing these crazies to hold us all hostage to their narrow ideals? Isn't this an important story unto itself?

So why my rant today? Well, its this....
As Radley Balko noted in yesterday's Morning Links, the Washington Post and other newspapers pulled Wiley Miller's syndicated "Non Sequitur" cartoon from their comics pages two Sundays back, because Miller pulled a familiar-to-Reason-readers "where's Waldo?" gag with the Prophet Muhammad, satirizing the new 21st century taboo on the depiction of even jokes about the fear of depicting a historical figure who really existed.
About this cartoon....

You know, kind of like the child's where's Waldo cartoons but where's Muhammad. And this cartoon is poking fun at the spineless American publishers that would never dare to publish something like this since it mentions Muhammad. Jeez. The American press has no place in American life anymore.

Is it such a big deal? Is it worthwhile to self-censor like the news organizations do in Hong Kong that fear retribution by the boneheads in the Chinese Communist party? Isn't it embarrassing to these people? It embarrasses me even though I am not in the business. But this may explain the spineless actions by the both the Americanpress and rest of the world press when they self-censor...
Advice for my newspaper friends: Listen to Penn Jillette. "[W]e haven't tackled Islam because we have families," he says. "[A]nd I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you're afraid to talk about it." There, that wasn't very hard, was it?

Just Admit it, Newspapers: You're Scared of Muslims - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine


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