New York Times: Insulting Jews is Fine, Insulting Muslims Isn’t

The New York Times. All the anti-Semitism that’s fit to print, but mocking Mohammed is off limits.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet decided that his paper would not publish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad primarily because he did not want to insult the paper’s Muslim readers.

“Ultimately, he decided against it, he said, because he had to consider foremost the sensibilities of Times readers, especially its Muslim readers,” Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported Thursday. “To many of them, he said, depictions of the prophet Muhammad are sacrilegious; those that are meant to mock even more so. ‘We have a standard that is long held and that serves us well: that there is a line between gratuitous insult and satire. Most of these are gratuitous insult.’”

Yet in August 2010, the Times published this item about a Holocaust-denying Iranian cartoonist with an image of a cartoon that featured, in the Times’ words, “anti-Jewish caricatures.” Four years earlier, in 2006, the Times published this article about an Iranian exhibition of “anti-Jewish art,” which featured a photograph of three anti-Semitic cartoons, one of which included a swastika. (Our thanks to Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal for both of these.)


They have already been caught displaying a photo of the notorious Virgin Mary elephant dung “art” on their site.

And a week ago, they had no problem with an article entitled “Sri Lanka’s Violent Buddhists”

It would appear there is only one religion they are concerned about.