The New York Times
The New York Times and much of the rest of the nation’s news media have reported on the cartoons but refrained from showing them.
Because it’s easier to tell you what to think about them than let you decide for yourself?
The New York TImes
The cartoons were largely unnoticed outside Denmark until a group of Muslim leaders there made a point of circulating them, along with drawings far more offensive than the relatively mild stuff actually printed by the paper, Jyllands-Posten.
Suddenly the twelve cartoons are “relatively mild,” but the Times doesn’t explain that the bogus cartoons portrayed Muhammad as a pedophile and practitioner of bestiality, and were touted around with fiery speeches about the Danish government’s plans to outlaw the Koran and oppress its Muslim population, among other things. The Times doesn’t explain that these bogus pictures and rumors are still the leading incitement travelling the Muslim world today. By publishing the real pictures the Times and other papers could help Americans realize how disproportionate the reaction is. And perhaps a paper as respected abroad as the Times could make a difference by showing some agitated Muslims that the most offensive images described to them never really appeared in any Danish paper.
Yes, and in fact were a fraud perpetrated on them by one of their own! Well said, Greg! Read the rest of the article here.
Cross posted to my Opera blog.