U.S. Media and the Cartoons: Who Published? Who Didn't?

Blair Golson
Contributing Editor
Blair started his career in the media as a 19-year-old reporter at the Yale Daily News. After summer reporting stints at the Los Angeles Times and The Australian (Sydney), he went to work for the New York…
Blair Golson

According to a Feb. 7 article by Peter Johnson in USA Today, the only major U.S. newspapers to have republished some of the controversial cartoons of Muhammad are:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • New York Sun
  • Also, most major networks have shied away from broadcasting the images. Neither NBC, CBS nor CNN displayed the cartoons. Those that did include:

  • ABC’s “World News Tonight”
  • “Fox News Sunday”
  • Truthdig published the cartoons in an Ear to the Ground item on Feb. 3.

    Below are several other items Truthdig has published on the controversy:

  • The Nation’s Christian Parenti

    “Look past the cartoons. The violence in Afghanistan stems from grievances over four years of occupation by US and NATO troops and ineffectual foreign aid schemes.”

  • Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam

    “Our press should report on the terrifying state of discourse in the Arab press, exposing the degree to which it is a tissue of lies, conspiracy theories and exhortations to recapture the glories of the seventh century.”

  • Cartoon Protests Stoked by Dictators

    Don’t believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.

  • Khalil Bendib’s Cartoon
  • “Something Rotten in the State of Denmark”

  • Andrew Sullivan on the Cartoons
  • “The point was that Islam has a blind spot when it comes to women’s freedom. Crude but powerful: exactly what a political cartoon is supposed to be.”

  • Official Iranian Paper to Run Holocaust Cartoons

    The Tehran city council-owned newspaper says it is testing the West’s arguments about freedom of expression.

  • N.Y. Press Kills Cartoons; Staff Walks Out
  • The editorial staff of the alternative weekly New York Press walked out today [Feb. 7], en masse, after the paper’s publishers backed down from printing the Danish cartoons that have become the center of a global free-speech fight.


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