- Oct 3, 2005
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- Political Leaning
If this weren't so indicative of the situation at what should be one of the world's greatest newspapers, this would be quite funny. As it is, it is quite an indictment, IMO:
Thats just an excerpt of course. The rest is here.The Times Gets Tough:
A New Public Editor!
Meet Ali bin-Zabar
By Bruce Feirstein
Dear Readers of The New York Times:
Recently, The Times— along with virtually every other American news organization—decided to show “sensitivity to Islam” by declining to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. At the time, some of you wondered: “What kind of slippery slope are we on here?”
With this column, I am prepared to provide the answer.
Allow me to introduce myself: I am Ali bin-Zabar, the new public editor of The New York Times.
Reporting to no one but the Prophet himself, my goal here is not to defend “All the News That Fits,” but to make sure The Times publishes only “All the News That’s Halal.”
In short, there’s a new imam in town. And with no further ado, let us proceed down the path to righteousness.
Dear Ali bin-Zabar:
All praise to Allah. Peace be upon him. My question is threefold: 1) Wasn’t it just a little hypocritical of The Times to illustrate the story of the Danish cartoons by using a portrait of the Madonna painted with elephant dung? 2) What happened to their so-called “journalistic integrity”—their vaunted “freedom of speech” and cherished “First Amendment rights”? 3) Would you agree they capitulated and (pardon the pun) “caved” into political correctness here? Akbar Z, Brooklyn
Dear Brother Akbar:
Indeed, you raise interesting issues. So allow me to preface my answer by quoting from The San Francisco Chronicle, whose editors declared “Islam is not a violent religion.”
On the one hand, you’re right: If The Times were really interested in not wanting to incite violence, they probably wouldn’t have published the torture photographs from Abu Ghraib prison. (Fortunately for us, they ran them.) Likewise the tank photographs from Tiananmen Square. (Fortunately for them, this kind of censorship is now being outsourced to Google. It’s the American way.)
Dear Brother bin-Zabar:
Salamu Alaikum. Peace be with you. What about the sports pages? Any changes in the offing? S.L., Jersey City, N.J.
American football is grotesque; basketball, debauched. Hockey is dominated by gamblers. American baseball is drug-riddled, and the so-called “World Series” is imperialistic. The Koran teaches us that there shall be no false idols. Thus, no sports section. It is banished.