Monday, February 06, 2006

"The Craven American Media"

Dennis Prager nailed it in his radio program today with his labelling of the American media for their overall refusal to print the contentious cartoons, ostensibly out of respect for Islam. As Michelle Malkin points out, the American media have absolutely no inhibitions against offending Christians, much like a schoolyard bully feels secure in pushing around the wimpy kid with glasses but backs off anyone who stands up to him. Speaking about CNN, Malkin writes:

Unbelievable. The news network reports on an international controversy, but refuses to show readers what the news is actually about and let them judge the cartoons for themselves.

Even more galling is CNN's newfound respect for religion.

Where was that deference when Ted Turner was calling Catholics "Jesus Freaks?"

Where was the sensitivity about offensive religious imagery when Jeanne Moos was mocking images of Jesus Christ or Jonathan Mann was reporting on the Virgin Mary covered in dung?

Why is it that American media, including CNN, have absolutely no qualms about splashing Kanye West-as-Christ all over the airwaves and Internet...

[picture of Rolling Stones cover with Kayne West-as-Christ]

...but can't bring themselves to print the Forbidden Cartoons gallery (now available in thumbnail and full-size images over at Human Events Online, which is also running the photos with my column this week).

NBC was also singled out by Malkin for their hypocrisy:

Reader Jake G. e-mails that NBC Nightly News tonight also refused to show the cartoons:

"Just when I thought NBC might have had a moment of clarity (HA! Yeah, right!), I heard them tease a story on this for the Nightly News tonight. In the middle of the segment, the dropped the ball completely, refusing to show the cartoons! They made some weak statement about how they decided against airing the images out of respect for Muslims."

This from the network that showed no respect for Christians when it forged ahead with the religion-mocking show, "The Book of Daniel."

This from the network that plans to feature Britney Spears as the host of a fictional cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's" in an upcoming "Will & Grace" epsiode.

Still believe the urban legend "No Media Bias"?

Boot-licking cowards.

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