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Liberal Alan Dershowitz and conservative Bill Bennett are united in their condemnation of the American press for not publishing those cartoons of Muhammed. So far, only three newspapers in the US, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Austin-American Statesman, and the New York Sun have deemed it necessary to publish reproductions of cartoons that, being the object of world-wide tumult, are clearly highly newsworthy.

To put it simply, radical Islamists have won a war of intimidation. They have cowed the major news media from showing these cartoons. The mainstream press has capitulated to the Islamists -- their threats more than their sensibilities. One did not see Catholics claiming the right to mayhem in the wake of the republished depiction of the Virgin Mary covered in cow dung, any more than one saw a rejuvenated Jewish Defense League take to the street or blow up an office when Ariel Sharon was depicted as Hitler or when the Israeli army was depicted as murdering the baby Jesus.

The American media can't wait to publish information harmful to national security.

The can't wait to reproduce "art" that insults and angers Jews and Christians.

The don't hesitate to publish the most inflammatory and derogatory stories regarding any religious group ... except Muslims.

There can be only one explanation. They are cowards. They have failed in the very thing that they have always claimed is their right and duty.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/22/AR2006022202010.html
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