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Bryan Bender (@GlobeBender) February 21, 2013
Journalists at the Boston Globe and other MSM outlets love to think of themselves as crusaders for freedom of speech, as reporter Brian Bender’s tweet demonstrates.
But when Muslim lunatics threatened to kill the cartoonists who drew Mohammed cartoons for a Danish newspaper back in 2006, let’s not forget that The Globe failed to stick up for the cartoonists’ right to freedom of expression:
Freedom of expression is not the only value at issue in the conflict provoked by a Danish newspaper’s publication of cartoons satirizing Islam’s founding prophet, Mohammed … As with the current consensus against publishing racist or violence-inciting material, newspapers ought to refrain from publishing offensive caricatures of Mohammed in the name of the ultimate Enlightenment value: tolerance.
By strong contrast, dozens of brave bloggers published the Mohammed cartoons in a show of solidarity with the cartoonists. (One of the cartoonists was later attacked by an ax-wielding Muslim extremist.)
If the New York Times Company wants to sell one of its struggling papers, so be it. But let’s hope they leave the paeans to free speech at home. We’re not as gullible as they think.