As Glenn Reynolds noted earlier this week, as a byproduct of Newsweek’s debacle, big media is–almost four years after 9/11–just now coming to grips with the idea that Islam may have a problem. Glenn links to something Tom Friedman of the New York Times wrote:
The greatest respect we can show to Arabs and Muslims – and the best way to help Muslim progressives win the war of ideas – is to take them seriously and stop gazing at our own navels. That means demanding that they answer for their lies, hypocrisy and profane behavior, just as much as we must answer for ours.
While you can fault a religion that kills innocent people because of the fabulist writings of journalists on the other side of the globe, you can’t fault how piously it considers its most holy book.
That’s something that Hollywood–another big American media–doesn’t seem to understand of this country’s dominant religion. Brent Bozell writes that “Ken Woodward, the longtime religion writer of Newsweek, tried to explain to Christians just how offensive Koran-flushing is to Muslims: ‘recitation of the Koran is for Muslims much like what receiving the Eucharist is for Catholics — a very intimate ingestion of the divine itself.'”: