As Twitchy reported Monday, the New York Times, which declined to reproduce Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its pages, was called out for their double standard on “art” after publishing a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made out of 17,000 condoms.
The Times’ explained the decision:
The standards editor of the New York Times, Philip B. Corbett, responded to accusations of double standards this way [emphasis ours]:
I don’t think these situations — the Milwaukee artwork and the various Muhammad caricatures — are really equivalent. For one thing, many people might disagree, but museum officials clearly consider this Johnson piece to be a significant artwork. Also, there’s no indication that the primary intent of the portrait is to offend or blaspheme (the artist and the museum both say that it is not intended to offend people but to raise a social question about the fight against AIDS). And finally, the very different reactions bear this out. Hundreds of thousands of people protested worldwide, for instance, after the Danish cartoons were published some years ago. While some people might genuinely dislike this Milwaukee work, there doesn’t seem to be any comparable level of outrage.
Well, at least they admitted it.
No, it doesn’t.
This FIFY headline is more appropriate: