Ny Times Editor Bill Keller does have some standards as to what he will and will not publish. As the Belmont Club points out, Keller refused to publish pictures picture of Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed. Michael Barone points out the incoherence of this reasoning:
So that’s the standard. Disclosing classified programs that help protect us against terrorists is just dandy. But publishing cartoons that would be “perceived as a particularly deliberate insult” by Muslims is beyond the pale. Coddling tender sensitivities is more important than protecting national security.
Of course, there’s another way to look at this. The New York Times is, evidently, not afraid that the government or its supporters—not even rabid talk radio listeners or right-wing blog readers—would wreak violence on 229 W. 43rd Street. But aggrieved Muslims—more accurately, Muslims purporting to be aggrieved—might. It’s nice that Keller feels a responsibility to protect his staff. It’s too bad he doesn’t feel a similar responsibility to protect his fellow citizens after they’ve had the effrontery to re-elect George W. Bush.