In the week or so since two jihadists massacred 12 people in the Parisian offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, debate about the attacks in the American press has taken a predictable turn. Early expressions of outrage at the act of homicidal barbarism have given way to a heated conversation about...us. That is, about liberal society and its double standards with regard to what’s considered blasphemous or an acceptable form of shock.
Should the New York Times reproduce images of cartoons that might antagonize some readers? Why is the media in Western countries so much less willing to run anti-Semitic words and pictures than images that offend Muslims? Should France be arresting people for expressing sympathy for the shooters? Or...
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