Comments: KUDOS

If anything, journalists all over this country should be letting the public decide for themselves what to think of these cartoons.

It's kind of understandable for mainstream media to not publish the cartoons, especially when "decide for themselves" could take the form of a nuke' in Manhattan. Free speech is good and all, but the responsibility for the death of a number of people due to a few social retards responding the only way they can is a very hard thing to force upon anyone, even "the brave media". In this case, mainstream media is actually displaying a very clear-sighted recognition of the strings attached to the right to speech, mainly the responsibility that comes with owning up to the things that result from what you say. Yes, they did choose to not say anything at all instead of actually owning up to anything, but that's better than someone claiming freedom so they can dodge accusations of the very fact that what they did was just stupid and offensive. Yes freedom is good, but it makes the world a lot harder to live in if even the callous and the stupid are allowed unbridled speech, and we are all forced to listen to them.

(My empathy may be partly as a result of the fact that I'm an avid reader of The New York Press, one of the "bad" publications who chose not to run the cartoons, and my indifference to the editors who resigned because they were bad editors anyway.)

Posted by John at February 10, 2006 03:11 PM

To John, I am curious about this line:
"Yes freedom is good, but it makes the world a lot harder to live in if even the callous and the stupid are allowed unbridled speech, and we are all forced to listen to them."

So, are you suggesting that we not have freedom of speech? If that is the case, how do we decide collectively who is not allowed unbridled free speech?

Posted by Eric Cole at February 11, 2006 12:27 AM

Hmmm ... I think this is another example of: "I believe of freedom of speech, but it should be regulated."

Posted by Acton at February 11, 2006 06:07 AM

Apparently the decision to publish the cartoons was made by 2 members of the editorial staff, and the rest of the staff is very angry with them.

http://tinyurl.com/7fqng

Posted by Maggie45 at February 15, 2006 04:30 AM