Thursday, February 23, 2006

An Unlikely Pair

Bill Bennet and Alan Dershowitz cowrite a column on the weakness of the media on the cartoon story in the Washington Post. At least someone other than us insignificant bloggers are starting to speak out.

I just wish that WaPo had had the guts to publish the cartoons with the column.

Update: More from Christopher Hitchens.


Blogger Jeff said...

Anyone want to join Hitch in rallying in support of Denmark? The KKRB is an ideal organization to lead the charge in favor of pluralism. Maybe we could do it next week sometime?

Royal Danish Consulate-General and Trade Commission of Denmark
211 East Ontario Street, Suite 1800
Illinois 60611-3242

Who's in?

10:36 AM  
Blogger hurtleg said...

Count me in if I can.

I have to travel for work next week, but I don't know what days yet.

11:06 AM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

12:58 PM  
Blogger George W. Bush said...

Eric Alterman's take on this article (not my own).

"I did a profile once of Alan Dershowitz. I actually liked him even though he is both a lunatic (on the subject of himself) and a liar (ditto, and I can prove that Alan, with tape, if you want to sue me). But I do remember that the guy refused to talk about where he lived for security reasons. We went to dinner and a Celtics game with his family, but no info about the address. This didn’t bother me. And it doesn’t bother me that William Bennett has the millions not only to gamble on blackjack but also to pay for his own private extensive security arrangements. And so I think it would be the better part of valor for both of these multimillionaires to shut up about the working stiffs in the media being cowards for not risking life and limb to print a bunch of cartoons. Nobody’s saying they don’t have the right to print them. Nobody’s defending the jerks doing the rioting. And most important, nobody with half a brain is contending that there’s any news in the cartoons. (If you can’t accurately describe a cartoon, you really shouldn’t be allowed near a printing press.) So people are just making judgments that the risk to life and limb—and not only their own life and limb but innocent bystanders—is not worth the benefit of printing the cartoons. I do have a solution, however, to Dershowitz and Bennett and Andrew Sullivan’s problem: Why don’t they have sweatshirts printed up with the cartoons on them and wear them around town? That’ll show them. (And by the way, I saw a picture of a beagle on Andy’s blog, but no riot-causing anti-Moslem cartoons. Did I miss something?) The hypocrites are here."

1:52 PM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

"Maybe we could do it next week sometime?"
Why not friday (2-24)from 12-1 as hitch suggests for the DC show of support? I'll meet up w/ any one in the loop at noon and walk over.

2:38 PM  
Blogger hurtleg said...

"And most important, nobody with half a brain is contending that there’s any news in the cartoons."

What are you talking about!? The cartoons are newsworthy because thousands around the world have rioted, embasies and consulates beseiged or burned, and we are still talking about them 2 or 3 weeks after this first came up. Of course this is a news and should be printed and shown.

You are proposing that the loudest and angriest mob should have a veto over what is published. If I get a bunch of friends and burn down a Starbucks in protest against the hippie latte drinkers, Kos's website should be taken down? This is ridiculous.

This is the same path the far left wants to take in the war on islamofacism, stick our head in the stand, pretend its 1997, appease them, treat it a law enforcement matter, and hope they leave us alone.

3:08 PM  
Blogger hurtleg said...

sorry, just noticed this screed should be directed against Eric Alterman, not Iowaherbman.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

"Why not friday (2-24)from 12-1 as hitch suggests for the DC show of support? I'll meet up w/ any one in the loop at noon and walk over."

Sounds good. I'll put together a flyer with Danish commercial info and a brief statement. I'll also put an ad up on Craigslist.

3:10 PM  

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