My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Some honesty from the Press....

Jeff Jacoby talks about fear in the media...
THE PHOENIX is Boston's leading ''alternative" newspaper, the kind of brash, pull-no-punches weekly that might have been expected to print without hesitation the Mohammed cartoons that Islamists have been using to incite rage and riots across the Muslim world. Its willingness to push the envelope was memorably demonstrated in 2002, when it broke with most media to publish a grisly photograph of Daniel Pearl's severed head, and supplied a link on its website to the sickening video of the Wall Street Journal reporter's beheading.

But the Phoenix isn't publishing the Mohammed drawings, and in a brutally candid editorial it explained why.

"Our primary reason," the editors confessed, is "fear of retaliation from . . . bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on those who do not believe as they do . . . Simply stated, we are being terrorized, and . . . could not in good conscience place the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related companies in physical jeopardy. As we feel forced, literally, to bend to maniacal pressure, this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year-publishing history."


Blogger Danté said...

Ironically enough, they're the most honest and courageous media source in Boston simply for admitting they were scared for their staff.

1:20 PM  
Blogger arctic_front said...

honesty is respectable, admirable even, but where is the outrage? Why does the entire western media not voice their anger and disgust as a one collective voice on this issue? Even if they 'play safe' by not publishing the cartoons, I didn't hear any of them cry foul or express the outrage they SHOULD be feeling.


1:35 PM  

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