Sorry, Laura, but I am decidedly not a fan of Pam Geller. I think she goes way too far toward demonizing all Muslims - thereby alienating moderate followers of the Islamic faith - and, frankly, some of her conspiracy theories are out there in Kevin Barrett territory.
I think she has every right to express her opinions, though - including, Heaven forbid, the right to promote drawings of an historical figure who lived hundreds of years ago - and the way the media has bent over backwards to make excuses for those who want to kill her has been extraordinary to watch.
This was particularly evident during her recent appearance on CNN, with Chris Cuomo comparing cartoons of Mohammed to the N-word:
The heated segment started with Cuomo discussing the Garland shooting that unfolded earlier this month when “would-be jihadists” attacked the venue where Geller’s Muhammad cartoon contest was held, before asking why she’s now trying to publicly post the winning cartoon on Washington D.C. buses. [The WMATA has since decided not to run any issue-advoacy ads at all. - DP]
“The media and the political and academic elites are censoring this cartoon and we think the American people should see that you are self-enforcing the Shariah,” Geller responded.
The conversation heated up after Cuomo, who called the shooters “crazy extremists” who “bought into an ideology that is sick,” accused Geller of calculating her event in a way that would be provocative — a claim that she dismissed as “nonsense.”
“The N-word gets treated the same way that depictions of Muhammad does,” Cuomo said. “We don’t say it because it’s offensive, not because legally I can’t.”
I'll leave it to the great Allahpundit to explain why Cuomo's comparison is dishonest, and instead point you to several recent broadcasts (discovered after about seven seconds of googling) where CNN - whose senior editorial director issued an internal memo warning not to show offending cartoons of The Prophet - did indeed broadcast the hateful word around the world:
- Don Lemon and several guests, discussing the Paula Deen controversy in 2013;
- Lemon again, discussing problems in the African-American community (and defending Bill O'Reilly!) later in 2013; and,
(And, of course, let us never forget the now legendary "Fantastic Voyage" incident, for which I suspect some poor intern was fired.)
If there's any word in our society that gets people angry, that's the one. But CNN correctly felt that it was newsworthy and that, in context, it made sense to for its anchors or guests to say, or play recordings containing, that very word. Except for the Coolio-related goof, it wasn't controversial at all.
But the Charlie Hebdo and Pam Gellar-backed Mohammed cartoons are also newsworthy, yet CNN refrains from showing them.
Actually, there was one CNN anchor who did courageously show one of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on his show: Chris Cuomo, shortly before that internal memo was issued. It sounds like he got the message.
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