Today is the day that American journalism lost me. I used to think that some of its newspapers and magazines represented the gold standard of international journalism. After the Islamist massacre at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and the reaction of American media to it I come to believe that maybe we should start talking about a new gold standard of hypocrisy instead. Of course I am talking about most of the media’s refusal to print any of the cartoons of the satire magazine about the Islamic prophet Muhammad, even the less abbrasive ones.
In recent days I followed this as a curious bystander trying to find out what this journalistic squishiness was all about in a time when it should have been obvious that we as journalists were called upon to stand up for some basic values of our profession. I was seriously trying to understand the reason for it and I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, dear American colleagues. But what happened today just drove me over the brink. [...]
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