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March 31, 2008

Fitna Back Up at LiveLeak


What annoys me most about this is that were we dealing with any other group making death-threats against fair (if inflammatory) speech, the rest of the media would immediately all post the "offensive" material in solidarity with those who are threatened, to demonstrate that such threats will simply not work.

Even if they found the material in question beneath their normal editorial standards, they would recognize the threat to free speech generally and act accordingly. And, of course, the very fact that death-threats had been made regarding the material would instantly make it newsworthy, even if it had not been previously (in their judgment, of course).

And here? Nope. The MSM is perfectly willing to self-censor and embargo for fear of angering the wrong right people, and perfectly comfortable letting tiny companies like LiveLeak fight single-handedly for the right to free expression.

In fact, they won't even cover this... because to draw attention to the affair also draws attention, simultaneously, to their own cowardice.

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posted by Ace at 11:35 AM

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