This week the title is plural. The Fools of the Week are the American print media. All the newspapers in the land, with a few exceptions.
It's about the cartoons portraying Muhammad in a less than glowing light in the Danish newspaper. You know the ones I am talking about. You may have even seen them on the internet. Good luck seeing them in print. Three exceptions of note: The Austin American-Statesman, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Sun. These newspapers are your models of free speech on this subject.
The print media in this country has lost its spine. No guts. No glory. Where was the self-censorship with the photos of art exhibits of the Christian cross in urine? Where was the self-censorship over the cartoons of Ariel Sharon drawn as Hitler? Why is a different standard given to Muslims? Why is Islam singled out for special treatment in this country founded on the basic principle of freedom of speech, freedom of the press?
The reason is simple. It is fear. Fear is a reasonable reaction to terror but if you don't stand up to it, the terror mongers win. That is the lesson we should have learned after the attacks in this country on 9/ll/01. Some editors have been completely upfront about the fear, the fear for their employees, their buildings.
Understandable, but wrong.
By not publishing the cartoons, a message is sent that the violent, fanatic Islamists can dictate what is in print and what is not. Their mission is to takeover free societies and this plays right into it.
The print media in this country had no problem publishing treasonous leaks about the terrorist surveillance program or the classified information of the detention centers for captured terrorists and suspects. Both of these stories are harmful to our allies.
By not publishing the cartoons it condones the violent acts of our enemy such as the bombing of embassies, beheading journalists, taking hostages, rioting in the streets, and setting buildings ablaze because they are upset. It is sending the message that this is normal, expected behavior. Did Christians run wild in the streets after offensive art exhibits were made public? No. As a matter of fact, some of it has been government funded. Did the Jews run amuck over the offensive depictions of Israelis in cartoons? No. Life goes on.
Free societies. That's what we are fighting for.