“The Star can of course publish a sacrilegious image that upsets a lot of people. It’s easy. In Canada there is no hindrance to publishing profanity or blasphemy that many find insulting and hurtful. But we have nothing to prove in our country. Religion is not a battleground for free speech in Canada.”
Cooke adds: “Why would I authorize the publication of an image many Torontonians find profoundly objectionable just because we can?”
My answer: because it has profound news value. And every newsman knows that.
“Newsworthy or not, we wouldn’t publish a pornographic image that we knew would upset or anger many readers just because it was in the news,” Cooke counters. “This is the same principle.”
It’s not the same principle, I submit. It’s rationalizing.
No. It’s Dhimmitude.