:: Thursday, February 16, 2006 ::
The Wrong Call
So the Daily Illini, without explanation, has pulled the Danish cartoons from their archive, as well as the editorial that ran with it. Even though I think that the Cartoon Two were wrong to run the cartoons in the manner that they did, as sensationalism rather than journalism, removing the cartoons from the site is a bad thing. Not only does it remove the source of the controversy from the web (and break a bunch of people's hyperlinks in the process), but it reinforces Acton Gorton's claim that the suspension, etc. was due to public pressure rather than the consequences of internal misdeeds. Michelle Malkin (ewww! I gave her a link) and her extremist right-wing readership are already all over this, and thanks to the Mighty Wurlitzer you can be sure those talking points'll hit the mainstream media in a couple days.
If the DI wants to save some small part of its journalistic reputation this semester, it needs to put the cartoons back up. If they don't, well, this is my last semester, I'll care significantly less about it in a few months.
EDIT: Grammar is good.
:: The Squire 3:09 PM :: email this post :: ::