Media Hypes Islamaphobia by Conservatives, Refuses to Publish “Where’s Muhammad?” Cartoon

Posted on Oct 16 2010 - 1:00am by Harrison

Islamaphobia by the media?

Andrew Alexander is the Washington Post’s Ombudsman and wrote this after his paper refused to publish the cartoon to the left:

Editors at The Post and many other papers pulled the cartoon and replaced it with one that had appeared previously. They were concerned it might offend and provoke some Post readers, especially Muslims.

What is clever about last Sunday’s “Where’s Muhammad?” comic is that the prophet does not appear in it.

Still, Style editor Ned Martel said he decided to yank it, after conferring with others, including Executive Editor Marcus W. Brauchli, because “it seemed a deliberate provocation without a clear message.” He added that “the point of the joke was not immediately clear” and that readers might think that Muhammad was somewhere in the drawing.

The Post should always consider the religious sensitivities of readers. But in this case, I think editors were wrong to withhold the cartoon.

Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News’ RedEye wrote the following:

Why is it that the media keeps reminding us that we shouldn’t exaggerate the threat of a small group of radicals – but completely changes tact, when it comes to their own personal safety?

Think about it: if the average Joe expresses fear or anxiety over Islamic fundamentalism, they are called Islamophobes. But if an editor with balls the size of electrons removes a comic in which Muhammad isn’t even present – that’s not honest-to-Allah Islamophobia?

No, that’s just being sensitive.

Look, the media can’t have it both ways. They cannot criticize the public for concerns over Islam, and then eradicate anything in their midst that they perceive might elevate their risk for getting stabbed buying a chai latte at Starbucks. If their governing principle in the newsroom is fear, then they should admit it – and get the hell off our backs for feeling the same way.

Mr. Gutfeld raises a very valid point.  As the 9-11 mosque drama played out, Conservatives were painted as “Islamaphobes” and Obama (though he did a two step) was portrayed as bringing rationality to the debate.

The Washington Post and other newspapers used the old excuse of not wanting to “offend” readers even though they published a similar cartoon by the same person featuring the title of: “Caricatures of Muhammad While You Wait!”

Is this an example of cowardliness by the media, hypocrisy, or simply just concern for their readers?

Editors must have been mindful of the fact that the artist behind “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!” has gone into hiding, changed her identity, and disappeared all because of death threats from some in the Muslim community.  The man behind the Danish cartoons of 2006 is still under protection and lives in a virtual prison, fearful for his life.

If the author of Non Sequiter felt comfortable enough drawing his cartoon then the Washington Post should have published it.

Are newspapers and journalists in general only in the business to not “offend” their readers?

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. marie October 16, 2010 at 9:06 AM -

    It’s a good question, ‘Where’s Muhammad?’ And will the real Muhammadians please stand up?…

  2. Matt October 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM -

    Good point sir. We’re Islamophobic, yet they are actually afraid of them. What’s wrong with that picture?

    • Harrison October 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM -

      Ha they are simple hypocrites.

  3. marie October 16, 2010 at 9:26 PM -

    Well, we happen to know that there’s nothing to be afraid of and there’s certainly nothing to feel uneasy about, see for yourself at the following link, for one quick example:

    And, while we’re on the subject, if you guys didn’t see these pics yet it really is a must- click on link and scroll down the article to view them:

    • Harrison October 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM -

      Wow those are absolutely horrible. I wonder what Joy and Whoopie would do if that happened to their daughters?

  4. marie October 17, 2010 at 7:55 AM -

    They would probably just keep talking about how it is a coincidence that there is such violence, and disrespect of women, within the global Islamic-Muslim culture(s). Oh, and that every religion is the same in that they all produce extremists, yadda, yadda.

    At any rate, I would not wish such a horrible thing to happen to them or their daughters.