Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Plot to Kill Danish Cartoonist: AP Spins Readers

The AP’s just reported:

Danish police said Tuesday they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago
Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said.

[A]according to Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the drawings on Sept. 30, 2005, the suspects were planning to kill its cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

"There were very concrete murder plans against Kurt Westergaard," said Carsten Juste, the paper's editor-in-chief.

The cartoons were later reprinted by a range of Western publications, and they sparked deadly protests in parts of the Muslim world.
The entire AP story’s here.

The AP knows its spinning readers when it says the cartoons “were later reprinted by a range of Western publications.”

A more truthful AP statement would have been:
Most major Western news organizations including the NY Times and the Washington Post responded to Muslim threats with prompt announcements they wouldn't publish any of the Danish cartoons.

Newsweek, which a few weeks later published on its cover mug shots of the innocent Duke students then DA Mike Nifong attempted to frame with the help from many at Duke and in Durham, refused to publish the cartoons. The popular liberal/leftist magazine cited “sensitivity” as a reason.
The AP could have added something like:
While we promise our Muslim friends we won’t do anything to make them mad at us, we’ll continue to fearlessly expose every American effort to spy on Al Qaeda.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes I just want to puke.