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Posted on 08/31/2007 9:48:26 AM PDT by sionnsar

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From FOX News: Washington Post, Other Newspapers Won't Run 'Opus' Cartoon Mocking Radical Islam.

A popular comic strip that poked fun at the Rev. Jerry Falwell without incident one week ago was deemed too controversial to run over the weekend because this time it took a humorous swipe at Muslim fundamentalists.

The Washington Post and several other newspapers around the country did not run Sunday's installment of Berkeley Breathed's "Opus," in which the spiritual fad-seeking character Lola Granola appears in a headscarf and explains to her boyfriend, Steve, why she wants to become a radical Islamist.

The installment did not appear in the Post's print version, but it ran on and The same will hold true for the upcoming Sept. 2 strip, which is a continuation of the plotline.

• Click here to see the Aug. 26 "Opus" strip about radical Islam.

The Washington Post Writers Group syndicates "Opus," and the Post is the cartoon's home newspaper. The syndicate sent out an alert about the two strips in question, according to Writers Group comics editor Amy Lago.

Sources told that the strips were shown to Muslim staffers at The Washington Post to gauge their reaction, and they responded "emotionally" to the depiction of a woman dressed in traditional Muslim garb and espousing conservative Islamic views.

There was also considerable alarm over the strip at the highest echelons of The Washington Post Co., according to the sources.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: antichristian; berkeleybreathed; censorship; doublestandard; islamicterrorism; islamonazism; opus; washingtonpost Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: sionnsar
Washington Post copyrighted material is verboten, sorry.
2 posted on 08/31/2007 9:50:33 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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3 posted on 08/31/2007 9:51:24 AM PDT by PGalt
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4 posted on 08/31/2007 9:52:56 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Admin Moderator

My apologies.

5 posted on 08/31/2007 9:52:57 AM PDT by sionnsar ( |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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Typical for WAPO - PC to the core

6 posted on 08/31/2007 9:54:23 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

Apparently the WaPoo style guide handbook permits the mocking of Christians but not the mocking of radical muslims.

Are there other examples of installments of syndicated comic strips that this paper has refused to run?

7 posted on 08/31/2007 10:16:33 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: weegee
On a WaPo stylebook related note, from 2003...

CAMERA Responds to Washington Post's “Language of Terrorism”

8 posted on 08/31/2007 10:19:21 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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Washington Post copyrighted material is verboten, sorry.


At least the Post is consistently opposed to free expression then (if they get nothing from it).

9 posted on 08/31/2007 10:40:14 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: mewzilla
According to CAMERA,

The language we use should be chosen for its ability to inform readers. Terrorism and terrorist can be useful words, but they are labels. Like all labels, they do not convey much hard information. We should rely first on specific facts, not characterizations. Why refer to a 'terrorist attack in Tel Aviv' when we can be more informative and precise: 'The bombing of a disco frequented by teenagers in Tel Aviv,' for example. Our first obligation to readers is to tell them what happened, as precisely as possible.

Are these JOKERS for real? At least they are letting US know that it is OK for them to kill our children and we should not call it a terrorist attack. People in their right minds DO NOT go around killing innocent people.

10 posted on 08/31/2007 10:55:58 AM PDT by JEC ((Pray for ALL our troops))
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