A Lady's Ruminations

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Collaborating News Network

Oh, how special of CNN (aka the Collaborating News Network):

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.
CNN's opinion of the whole thing is clearly written in the above paragraph. They won't show these expressions of free speech (which, supposedly, the MSM is the protector of) because these "caricatures" are "negative." The use of the word negative says it all. The cartoons rightly show Islam (not just Mohammed) in a negative light, because many people who practice Islam are choosing to live in the dark shadows of terrorism and cover the world with their primitive, unreasonably restrictive way of life.

Exactly what good have we seen from Islam? In the last few years? In the last couple of decades? Really, ever? All we have been seeing is two planes flying into the World Trade Center, skyscrapers falling down, families grieving and holding up "missing" posters; a huge hole in a field in Pennsylvania; another huge hole in our Pentagon, symbol of our military might; US embassies bombed; Marine Corps barracks bombed; the USS Cole bombed; beheadings and explosions in Iraq and around the Middle East; homicide bombings repeated over and over in Israel. Need I go on?

And the phrase "the likeness of Prophet Mohammed." Is that really objective? "Prophet Mohammed." Do they ever say "Son of God, Jesus Christ"? How about "Mary, Mother of God." Perhaps, but they always add a disclaimer like "Called 'Son of God' by Christians" or use quotes like "Mary, 'Mother of God.'" Nice double standard. Might as well bow down to the Militant Islamists and change your name to Al-Jazeera, CNN.

And this: "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."

Since when do the MSM believe it is their role to simply "cover the events"? I thought Advocate-Journalism was in fashion. We certainly saw enough reporters covering Hurricane Katrina demanding this and that and haranguing the government and leaders for not doing this or that. So, CNN is saying that its reporters are simply there to report on what is going on? This must be a first.

Responsible journalism ought to include reporting only the facts and showing the evidence. The evidence would have to include those cartoons. And since when did CNN only report the facts?

Declining to show the cartoons does not responsible journalism make.

You can view the cartoons here.

Over at The Corner, John Miller has examples of when CNN failed to do the same thing out of respect for Christians and Jews.