Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You want some Muslim Terror with your paper?

According to Editor & Publisher more than 70 newspapers in swing states were distributing "Obsession DVD, which targets radical Muslims (and, some say, other Muslims by extension)" They had been paid to do this. Some people have objected, but the papers have tried to justify it on free speech rights---because these were advertiser provided and papers have the right to choose which advertisements they want. No matter that non-mainstream news and speech rarely makes it into regional papers, the sovereign rights and rites of advertisers must be respected. Even if it means distributing anti-Muslim hate literature to people in swing states a month before a Presidential election.

It's a lot like if the Nazis provided DVD copies of "Triumph of the Will" as paid advertisements in papers and then said papers tried to justify it by freedom of speech.

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