Skip to comments.Opus Akbar
Posted on 08/31/2007 9:48:26 AM PDT by sionnsar
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 WashingtonPost.com and Salon.com. 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 FOXNews.com 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.
Typical for WAPO - PC to the core
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?
CAMERA Responds to Washington Post's Language of Terrorism
Washington Post copyrighted material is verboten, sorry.
At least the Post is consistently opposed to free expression then (if they get nothing from it).
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.
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