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2006-02-12

Not Mohammed, but Mary
Instead of showing the cartoons, the N.Y. Times showed a picture of the Virgin Mary in elephant dung. Catholics don't burn embassies.
Yet another day of burning embassies - and twelve Danish cartoons making the headlines all over the world.
With all these headlines you'd think mainstream media would be eager to show the 12 cartoons that supposedly have caused it all. The sad state of affairs is that neither newspaper nor television in neither the UK nor the USA allow their audience to see the drawings and make their own judgments.

If you're British or American - without access to the Internet - there's no way of knowing that Arne Sørensen has made a drawing of himself, that Bob Katzenelson has portrayed the author Kåre Bluitgen and that Claus Seidel has depicted a humble prophet.

Some papers and TV stations show a single cartoon - often pixilated - but when Michelle Malkin tried to show the cartoons on Fox News the network immediately cut to footage of Muslims rioters.

The height of stupidity must be N.Y. Times (registration required). They won't display the cartoons - out of respect for Muslims - but to show they are not afraid of censorship they illustrated their article with a piece of "art" from 1999 - of the Virgin Mary spattered with elephant dung!
Mohammed on CNN
Videos with hostages having their throats slit are ok. Innocent cartoons are not.

Hats off to the editorial staff at the NY Press who quit their jobs, when they were not allowed to publish the cartoons: NY Press Kills Cartoons; Staff Walks Out.

Suppose for a moment, that the BBC had had the balls to show the twelve genuine Danish drawings. In that case everybody would have known that the false cartoons shown by the Danish imams on BBC had nothing to do with JyllandsPosten.

English imams are allowed to spew out death sentences against all twelve artists on the BBC - but nobody tells the audience that half of the drawings don't even show Mohammed. Out of respect for Muslims.

Imams are allowed to portray 1,3 billion Muslims as murdering psychopaths. Out of respect for Muslims.

BBC's apology was weak and very hard to find (link - scroll down to the bottom) so let's re-publish it here:

(The propaganda factor - the "pig" picture

One aspect that these governments might also want to examine is how they can counter false information.


Comment: Maybe the BBC should also examine how to counter false information

Twelve cartoons were originally published by Jyllands-Posten. None showed the Prophet with the face of a pig. Yet such a portrayal has circulated in the Middle East (The BBC was caught out and for a time showed film of this in Gaza without realizing it was not one of the 12).


Comment: One of the reasons the BBC was caught out, is that BBC hasn't shown the genuine drawings. How are BBC's viewers supposed to know what the fakes look like.

Mohammed on CNN
This cartoon - while being funny - highlights the problem. Not even Bokbluster knows what the genuine drawings look like

This picture, a fuzzy grey photocopy, can now be traced back (suspicion having been confirmed by an admission) to a delegation of Danish Muslim leaders who went to the Middle East in November to publicise the cartoons. The visit was organised by Abu Laban, a leading Muslim figure in Denmark.

According to the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet, the delegation took along a pamphlet showing the 12 drawings. But the delegation also showed a number of other pictures, including the "pig" one. The delegation claimed they had been sent to Danish Muslims and were the sort of insults that they had to endure. These also got into circulation.

(Update: A reader has e-mailed to say that the original of the "pig" picture was from a "pig-squealing" competition held in France every summer. Some character dressed up like a pig. See the link to the neandernews.com site on the right for the details.


Comment: Once again the footwork was done by a Blog: Pig or Prophet.

Ekstra Bladet has also published a letter taken by the delegation on its mission. This gives the delegation's account of how the cartoons originated and what the reaction to them was. But it also mentions other pictures, which it said were "much more offending." These presumably included the "pig" picture, whose origin is now known.

I have also been sent links to an Egyptian newspaper which published the 12 cartoons last October. The paper said that these were "racist" and would insult Muslims everywhere. See link at right)


Comment: Once again the footwork was done by a Blog, while mainstream media were sleeping: Danish cartoons were published in Egypt.

Western diplomats appear to have missed this entirely and seem to have made no attempt to counter some of the arguments in the pamphlet or to distinguish between the various portrayals.


Comment: Western diplomats and the BBC appear to have missed this entirely.....

The extra pictures might not have made much difference (though some of my readers argue that they must have) but it shows how rapidly propaganda can add to fuel to the fire.


Comment: Yes, propaganda can rapidly add fuel to the fire when it's transmitted to millions of viewers on the BBC. I'm very reassured to hear that the picture of Mohammed as a pig "might not have made much difference". Not.


*sigh* and while nobody is allowed to see the genuine article, the fake cartoons can be spread through SMS and chat rooms.

Comments:
According to the Danish imam whose name I cannot recall at this moment, the "humble prophet" looked like a psychopat and the prophet with the star and moon like a pirate.

I think he watched too many movies. :D
 
You and I can have a laugh over him.

But if nobody in the USA, the IK or the ME have seen the cartoons that he describe, the last laugh may well be on us.
 
Hmm. "IK" should have been "UK" - of course :-p
 
ref:"Obviosly you people lack of respect of religion beliefs . and when it comes to mocking and disrespecting others religion ,thats where you go wrong , if people dont care about there beliefs , We Do (All Muslims) !we are very proud it.As well as we respect all other religions"

rep:I would like to know exactly how many religious persons were killed on 911? I am pretty sure those that perished that day were'nt all atheists. Respect for life AND religion is a better way to live. Cartoons are just that, a peice of paper. No one died looking at the paper. You hold an entire country responsiple for a cartoon... I do not hold an entire country responsiple for 911.
You do however have very odd priorties in your life. I feel sorry for you and will pray (my) way for you and others that are so very angry over ink and wood pulp.

# posted by Anonymous : 12:25 AM

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Fear God. Learn To Respect Each Other Believes.None had a right to Disrespect other believes.So Follow your religion and let others to follow their religion.

Work for Peace !!!! not for Hate.
 
the reason moslums get offended so much about critisizm of islam because, they themselves donot belive in a teaching of a pedeafile
and a murderer,who also copied the
jewish old testament,and made it much worse.Muslims also should resp
ect all atheists because god does not exist,and muslim kill and maim
innosent scientists and atheists who are much smarter than they are for beleiving in a nonexisting being
 
islam is not a relegion of peace it
is a political organisation of slavery and hate
opression and fashizm,they beleive
in spreading hate,murder,blowing up
their own children,mutilating their women. instead listening to a
lying "PROPHET" they should get a scietific atheist education,Relegons like this is the greatest EVIL of the world.throwing us back into the dark ages, Please muslims Wake up,and.reject all the BULLSHIT
 
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