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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Daily Gazette Takes A Stand

Yesterday The Daily Gazette in Schenectady decided to take a stand on the issue of the Muslim cartoons, in an editorial with the title, Stand Up To Extremism Over Cartoons. Since The Daily Gazette is one of the few newspapers that charges for their on-line edition, I can’t link you to the editorial.

Anyway, the editorial pointed out the double standards of Muslim countries complaining about the cartoons of Mohammed while their state owned newspapers regularly publish anti-Christian and anti-Jewish cartoons. The editorial also urged Western democracies to “stand up to the mobs and against censorship. “

But when it came to The Daily Gazette’s responsibility to provide its readers with the cartoons the editorial provided no answers.

The editorial skirted the whole issue of whether or not the cartoons should have been published in the first place, stating “One could argue about whether the newspaper should have published the cartoons, but most people in Western democracies would agree that it had a right to.”

As Belle says to young Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, “What a safe and terrible answer.”


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