Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday morning cartoon round-up

A few screen grabs to start with. Fox has defied its big Saudi shareholder and broadcast views of the cartoons (hat tip John Sobieski in the comments):




ABC also showed prominent views:




Michelle Malkin has more on the rest of the American media (CNN and NBC have wimped out).

The BBC’s efforts are tame compared with Fox and ABC. Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news analysis programme, showed the pictures dimly lit (video link on right):



Dimmer still was the decision to get an artist to reproduce the images "deliberately missing out the image of Muhammad", and even he was shown with the same lowered lighting! This is simply ridiculous:



At last there's some editorial comment from our feeble British press, and it's white flags all round.

The Guardian (which has bravely linked to the Brussels Journal's pictures via this page):
It is one thing to assert the right to publish an image of the prophet... But it is another thing to put that right to the test.
The Independent:
In a free society it is proper that speech, and other forms of expression, should be free…But there is an important distinction to be made between having a right and choosing to exercise it.
The Telegraph:
The Daily Telegraph has chosen not to publish the cartoons... Our restraint is in keeping with British values of tolerance and respect for the feelings of others.
My restraint was tested to its limits reading that rubbish. It does say it might publish "if the dictates of news left us with no choice". Hello? It's already the number one story around the world.

The Times:
On balance, we have chosen not to publish the cartoons but to provide weblinks to those who wish to see them. The crucial theme here is choice.
And for people who buy the newspaper today that choice is between not seeing the images and, er, not seeing the images.

The Financial Times
dusts off an old cliché to excuse its lack of spine:
Freedom of speech, to be clear once again, is among the most invaluable of our liberties. But it is not absolute: it would not, say, include the right to cry "Fire!" in a crowded theatre.
Finally, here’s London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s friend Sheikh Yussef al-Qaradawi:
Let Friday be an international day of anger for God and his prophet.
So, just another average day then.

(See the cartoons here - scroll down)

2 Comments:

Blogger hgwellion said...

"Let Friday be an international day of anger for God and his prophet"

Looks like it came true
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4676916.stm

2:00 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Allah's pissed off because he can't get Anchor butter any more.

2:12 pm  

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