Keller has standards

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.

One Response to “Keller has standards”

  1. n. nescio Says:

    Heh, always thought the NYT was a bunch of @$#%@(Edited by Tim — I am pretty sure my mom reads this blog once in a blue moon, let\’s keep it mom-friendly) after they were too scared of the Islamists to publish those cartoons. Damn shame that we had to look to the French papers cause they were the ones that had the balls to print them. That\’s pretty pathetic, now that I think about it. You\’re either willing to shed your blood for freedom, or you\’re not. How much does that freedom of the press mean to those folks?

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