USA Today addressed reader criticism Thursday night after publishing an inflammatory op-ed on the Charlie Hebdo shooting from Muslim imam Anjem Choudary.
The 285-word op-ed, which bore the headline “people know the consequences,” blamed the French government for “placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk” by allowing satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo to publish the likeness of the Prophet Muhammad. It also argued for the preservation of the “sanctity of a Prophet” and pointed out perceived hypocrisy among Western governments:
The truth is that Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security.
USA Today and Choudary quickly took blowback on social media for the column:
Climate skeptics can't get published in MSM.. but things are different if you support Islamic terror. http://t.co/Nf2ZDRmQ4f
— JunkScience.com (@JunkScience) January 8, 2015
‘Whoever insults a Prophet, kill him.’ In other words, France had it coming.
from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1tR1wRV