Jamie Kirchick writes on the refusal of a New York Times-owned radio station to air a paid advertisement condemning the rocket attacks against Israeli civilians in Sderot:
The station’s manager, apparently attempting to imitate his contemporaries at NPR, wrote to Harris informing him that WQXR would not air the advertisement because it might be construed as â€œmisleading, at least to the degree that reasonable people might be troubled by the absence of any acknowledgement of reciprocal Israeli military actions.” So it’s “misleading” to condemn terrorist attacks on innocent people unless one simultaneously acknowledges — and thus equates — Israeli self-defense? “Reasonable people” are not “troubled” by the “absence” of this comparison. Moral idiots are.
Obviously, the station has the right to air whatever ads it wants (this is not an example of censorship since the government is not involved),Â but this is a disturbing example of cowardice.