Sunday, February 12, 2006

At least they're honest about it...

The Boston Phoenix explains its reasons for avoiding the cartoon controversy:

There are three reasons not to publish the Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed with his turban styled as a bomb (to view the cartoons, click here) and the other images that have sparked violent protests and deaths throughout Europe, the Middle East, West Asia, and Indonesia:

1) Out of fear of retaliation from the international brotherhood of radical and bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on those who do not believe as they do. This is, frankly, our primary reason for not publishing any of the images in question. Simply stated, we are being terrorized, and as deeply as we believe in the principles of free speech and a free press, we could not in good conscience place the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related companies in physical jeopardy. As we feel forced, literally, to bend to maniacal pressure, this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year publishing history.

I'm not going to pile on the Phoenix for their honesty. To the contrary, I think it's more noble to be cowardly and honest about it than it is to be cowardly and dishonest about it. Shame on the editors of the Phoenix for calling yourselves journalists, but kudos to you for admitting to your shame.