Thursday, January 8, 2015


In its editorial decrying the killings of almost a dozen staffers of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the New York Times today stated, "It is absurd to suggest that the way to avoid terrorist attacks is to let the terrorists dictate standards in a democracy."

But when asked why the Times refused to republish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons lampooning Islam or the Prophet Muhammad, while in the past printing a photo of Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, the Times' publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. replied, "Well, there's offensive, and then there's offensive. And, y'know, we don't want to offend the easily offended. I mean, you see what happens when they get offended. Yikes."

Challenged by a reporter to defend the Times' hypocrisy, Sulzberger puffed out his chest. "You call it hypocrisy. At the Times, we call it an editorial decision."

Asked if "cowardice" would be a better word, Sulzberger replied, "You say that like there's something wrong with it." He was then joined by dozens of Times' staffers holding signs reading, "I AM ARTHUR."


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