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February 23, 2006

Regardless what you think about the...

...propriety of publishing the cartoons of Mohammed, there is no doubt in my mind that these two polar opposites call a spade a spade -

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.

So far as we can tell, a new, twin policy from the mainstream media has been promulgated: (a) If a group is strong enough in its reaction to a story or caricature, the press will refrain from printing that story or caricature, and (b) if the group is pandered to by the mainstream media, the media then will go through elaborate contortions and defenses to justify its abdication of duty. At bottom, this is an unacceptable form of not-so-benign bigotry, representing a higher expectation from Christians and Jews than from Muslims.

Bill Bennett and Alan Dershowitz on A Failure of the Press.

I'm willing to offer up something else besides the simple moral cowardice. In some cases it *is* malice. The malice of a bully who knows his victim will not resist.

Bully? Bullies are generally delimned clearly when they back down from someone who *will* resist.

Like the Pansies of the Press.

I can understand Jack of Random Fate's points about whether or not to publish, and the sometimes rather too much breast-beating on the part of social conservatives who harp about the publishing of controversial or anti-Christian images and then demand the press publish the cartoons of Mohammed.

My point is, and has been - they're high-order hypocrites who just further undermine their credibility.

But that's okay. It gets more obvious, so it's easy to account for.