February 9, 2006
Your Daily Danish Cartoons Update
* Ed Cunard writes in to remind us that NPR's Talk of the Nation
will cover the story today. I'll post a direct link tomorrow, but you might be able to catch it today on your local station or through the site link later today.
* As of this morning there's a protest of about 2000 muslims in Bangladesh
, and a ceremony in Lebanon turned into a big protest
* There is a lot of political writing out there, from both the sorting-out-the-issues and offering-up-opinions camps. Today's top story in any category is probably Condoleeza Rice's charge
that Iran and Syria are fomenting the protests for political advantage. There's a lot to go around, though. Danish Imams continue to be blamed
for instigating the whole matter. Blink and you might have missed a story about the European Union considering a "voluntary" media code
. A more slowly developing story
tells how an Egyptian paper published several of the images months ago without reprisal, then or now. The bottom of this BBC piece
provides a solid summary of the fake cartoon controversy. An editorial writer at National Review
brings up John Kenneth Galbraith's cat
* In boycott news, South African muslims step up
with a call to join those seeking economic reprisals against Denmark.
* In the journalism ethics wing, Jyllands-Posten
has decided that publishing an Iranian's papers Holocaust cartoons isn't going to happen
. US newspaper editors are at their desks praying for multiple celebrity pregnancy stories or whatever else it will take not to have to make a decision
on publishing the offending cartoons. Editor & Publisher
looks at a Wyoming paper's decision to publish
the offending works.
* Wait! What about Denmark's institutionalized celebrity family/tourism magnets?
* In the cartoonists making comment file, the wire services have been running comments from Chappatte
for a couple of days now. You can find a run of editorial cartoons on the matter
through Daryl Cagle's site. Cagle has been blogging
on the topic, and has written a column
about it. Joe Kubert contributes to this opinion piece
* Speaking of cartoonists, K. Thor Jensen
wrote in to say that he'd been threatened in the past
apparently because of religious objections, something I didn't know about. He also sent me a link to his take on the current story, an explicit drawing of George Bush having sex with Muhammed
. This offends even me -- but I bet you see a lot of this kind of thing in the months ahead in the alternative press. You've been warned.
* The Daily Show
, America's favorite news-substitute, weighs in with the help of gifted comics mimic R. Sikoryak
* Finally, the L.A. Times
takes a long look at how some Danes are taking this opportunity to look inward
posted 3:31 am PST
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