Friday, February 17, 2006

THE STORY THAT WILL NOT DIE

I cannot believe that we are still discussing the "Danish cartoon" story. Today a Pakistani cleric and two members of his congregation (is it a congregation? I don't know) collectively offered a roughly $1,000,000 bounty on the head of the Danish cartoonist who drew one of the images. Crazy. I hope that Hamlet Kingsen (or whatever his name is) takes heart from the fact that people more powerful than this guy in Pakistan put a price on Salman Rushdie's life and not only is he still alive, but he's in a relationship with this woman. Punching above his weight indeed.

In other news, the editor of the Daily Illini was fired for publishing the Danish cartoons. The board that runs the (independent) paper says they fired him for not following protocal on the editorial page, not the content of the page. Whatever. I could have a whole debate about the journalistic merit of publication at this point, etc. etc. Screw that. I will just say that it is typical of the Daily Idiot to publish cartoons from 2005 in February 2006. Much better than the usual crap on the opinion page like this, and this.

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