The post is silver but the comments are gold. I’ll leave you to scroll through, but let’s preserve this for posterity:
[R]eading Michelle Malkin’s rant about the difference between the MSM’s self-censorship in this case and in the case of the infamous Danish cartoons sparked within me the need to comment.
Just how ignorant is this woman? She must know that Islam forbids depictions of its Prophet, while Christianity has no such restrictions on artistic representation of Jesus. Right? She must understand that therein lies the fundamental difference in likelihood of offense between printing the Danish cartoons and running a picture of a chocolate Jesus.
Never mind his assumption that secular media organizations should internalize Islamic standards of public discourse. It would create a perverse incentive among religions to deem ever more types of criticism “forbidden” and it shows you the lengths to which these cringing morons would go in the name of tolerance, but neither of those points need bearing out. Note instead the two levels of dishonesty here: one, the fact that the entire nutroots defended Silky Pony’s hire of the Blunder Twins notwithstanding the “likelihood of offense” to Christians from Marcotte’s ode to God’s “hot, white, sticky holy spirit;” and two, the suggestion that it’s religious sensitivity, not fear, that leads the media to cower before images of Mohammed. Granted, it’s not always fear of violence: increasingly, in countries that lack free speech rights as robust as our own, it’s fear of lawsuits. But sometimes it is fear of violence, however well or ill founded. They don’t always admit it through their words, but sometimes — as in the most shocking case of the double standard — they admit it through their actions.
All of which gives me a chance to rerun one of my favorite South Park clips. Was it Comedy Central’s famous sensitivity to religious beliefs that produced the following? Not quite:
Along with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (who are also Executive Producers of the show), [Anne] Garefino was heavily involved in the negotiations with Comedy Central. She made clear that the reason for Comedy Central’s decision was “fear”: “We were happy that they didn’t try to claim that it was because of religious tolerance.” She thought that South Park’s arguments and influence might have had something to do with the candor of Comedy Central executives on this point.
Don’t forget to vote in the Kossacks’ poll about whether Michelle is “ignorant” or an “attention whore” for worrying about this stuff.
Exit question: Am I giving this moron way too much credit in thinking he cares if they’re self-censoring out of fear instead of “tolerance”?