Journalists are a bunch of pussies

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 21, 2010

Speaking truth to power? Holding people accountable? The Fourth Estate? Watchdogs?

Bolshevik Storytelling is what that is.

The overwhelming majority of American journalists today are pussies who take pride in the fact that they’re somehow better than their readers and think they’re displaying bravery when they’re merely enforcing a liberal orthodoxy.

The latest evidence is this week’s firing of Juan Williams by NPR.

(Make no mistake, Williams wasn’t really fired for expressing his admittedly overwrought fear that Muslims on airplanes make him a little nervous; he was fired because tolerant listeners and executives at NPR didn’t like him consorting with the Fox News types. But Williams’ comments were the allegedly precipitating event.)

It started with the infamous Muhammed cartoons, which just about no newspaper in the country ran a single one of because it would be “provocative.” Yes, newspapers never want to be needlessly provocative. They don’t want to rock the boat. Of course, at the same time they were being overwhelmingly obsequious to Muslims, they demonstrated that sort of pandering only applies to religions that have a not insubstantial tendency to blow people up. 

In September, it was announced that Molly Norris is no more. The Seattle cartoonist had received attention – and a fatwa calling for her death – for suggesting an “Everyone draw Muhammed Day”.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post and numerous other newspapers refused to run a Non Sequitur cartoon that offered a twist on the “Where’s Waldo?” books with “Where’s Muhammad?” The justification?

Style editor Ned Martel said he decided to yank it, after conferring with others, including Executive Editor Marcus W. Brauchli, because "it seemed a deliberate provocation without a clear message." He added that "the point of the joke was not immediately clear" and that readers might think that Muhammad was somewhere in the drawing.

And then came Juan Williams.

You can read NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard’s lame defense of Williams’ firing here. According to the standards outlined by Shepard, legal affairs analyst Nina Totenberg will be fired on Monday.

The same elite media that bemoans “intolerance” because 70 percent of Americans think building a huge, fancy mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero and sends “Muslim-looking” men to NASCAR races to demonstrate how bigoted ordinary Americans are a bunch of islamophobes in the most literal meaning of the word.

Post Style editor isn’t confused by the cartoonist’s joke, he’s scared that someone might park a propane-and-fireworks bomb outside the Post building instead of Times Square.

There are brave journalists in places like Russia and Latin America who write and speak the truth though it may cost them their lives – and far too often it does.

In America, journalists are cowards – afraid to provoke Muslim extremists (whose very existence they’re unsure of) while simultaneously attacking the public for expressing the same reasonable fear.


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