No excuse

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on September 2, 2007

I mentioned last week that at least 25 newspapers, including the Washington Post had declined to publish Berkeley Breathed's "Opus" cartoon these last two Sundays because of its "questionable content." The content in question being the mocking of "radical Islam."

With last week's comic there was a slim possibility that some papers bowed out because the comic contained a subtle sex joke. Well, this week that same excuse won't fly -- there's zilch that is offensive in the comic -- unless you're a humorless radical Muslim.

It started with the Danish cartoons a couple years back and continues today. Too many American media organizations have bought into multiculturalism that states that no minority religion may be mocked -- Christianity and Judaism continue to be fair game.

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This complaint was resolved (not really!) in mere hours!

Seriously, this is crazy, @factchecknet. Your transparency on this craziness is long overdue. @baybarsorsek @Ferdi_Ozsoy

https://ifcncodeofprinciples.poynter.org/complaint/view/7A36B746-A30F-8FAC-DD15-D4A7E806FBD4/79FD1952-EDCD-286D-4291-AD4F0D4F903F

It was a weak field for @PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" readers' poll this year, so I wrote in a suggestion.

The suggestion may not be original with me, so apologies to anyone who specifically suggested this one before.

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