CNN's New Excuse

A reader of Michelle Malkin spots CNN’s newest riff:

CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.


Fine. Don’t ever run the photo that accompanies this article again, boys. Or as John Hinderaker writes, “That would explain why CNN didn’t show the Abu Ghraib photos“.

(2000 CNN article via Charles Johnson.)

Update: Jim Geraghty notes a similar hypocrisy from the New York Times:

So – the New York Times writes about the Danish cartoon controversy, and includes a photo of demonstrators… and one other photo. The caption:

Chris Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary” was at the center of controversy when shown at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999.

Yup, it’s the Virgin Mary depicted in elephant dung painting.

What a bunch of wimps. They’ll run photos of art that offends Christians from seven years ago in a heartbeat, but they won’t dare run a cartoon that could offend their Muslim readers.

I wonder why.

Meanwhile, the former chief executive of the BBC, and an admitted atheist, wants to know why Islam is covered much less skeptically by the BBC than Christianity is:

Will Wyatt, the chief executive for three years until 1999, examined the site on religion and ethics and found that it was


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