A Feckless New York Times, Along With Many Other Media, Chickens Out of Publishing the New Charlie Hebdo Cover
I propose that we give the New York Times some new sort of Pulitzer Prize for Top Performance in Eggshell-Walking. I further nominate the BBC for Dhimmitudinal Pussyfooting, CNN for Petrified Around-the-Bush-Beating, Channel 4 for Greatest Advances in Mousiness, and the Associated Press for the Cowardly Mollycoddling of Its Own Collywobbles.
And I’ll tell you what brought that on.
The Times has a news article about the historic new Charlie Hebdo issue that is hitting French newsstands tomorrow,
… in a print run of up to three million copies, compared with a typical print run of 60,000 copies.
The Times merely links to the issue’s cover and doesn’t actually show it, and even tries to qualify the measly link with the remark that the image has
… already [been] widely seen on the Internet.
The cowering subtext of that phrase seems to be, “Spare us, dear terrorists, and go after the bloggers and media folks who, like Libération, were
professional insensitive enough to actually share a picture of the cover.”
It’s true that the cover image has been spreading across the ‘net, but that doesn’t let you off the hook if you lay claim to being a world-class news organization. Today, the Charlie Hebdo cover is the news story, and not just some illustrative eye candy that, if you’re the editors of America’s premier newspaper, you can decide to take or leave.
And it seems that vandals are always on their trail, making minor alterations to their official signs.
In 2013, someone stuck the word “PRAY” to their post: