Andrew Sullivan, disingenuous as usual, on the Muhammad cartoon saga:
Others have claimed, in contrast, that the cartoons are tame and cannot even faintly be described as offensive — certainly no more offensive than any number of other cartoons that are published all the time.I think he's absolutely right. The cartoons are surprisingly tame.
That’s my position, by the way. I think that much of the “offence” is contrived, that it has been manipulated by Islamists and the Syrian and Egyptian governments to advance their own agendas...
In New York the editors of a free alternative paper, the New York Press, decided they wanted to run the cartoons so their readers could have a grasp of what this huge story is about. The owner refused.I think he's absolutely full of shit. The editor in chief called printing the cartoons an issue of "courage" and "Western civilization", not informative reporting.