One of the online news sources I read on a daily basis is The Raw Story. I find they often have little known yet interesting stories that sometimes get lost in the MSM shuffle.
However, lately I've been noticing a trend toward more tabloid-style reporting and less in-depth political analysis.
Today I was extremely dismayed to find they ran a story on the uproar over the Danish cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad portrayed with a bomb on his head, and they reproduced the cartoon on their front page. The image above is a screen cap of their front page with the offensive image blurred out.
I understand and agree completely that they have the right to do so, and it would be extremely disingenuous of me to deny that to them. BUT, along with the right to free speech there should well be a certain amount of personal responsibility.
I wonder if the Raw Story editors even realize that there ARE Muslims out there who live peaceful lives and want absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. Yet they publish this extremely hurtful and disrespectful image. Is it because they think it's OK to bash a religion that some adherents use for violent political purposes?
All this does is breed resentment and hatred. It makes peaceful Muslims feel more estranged from Ameri-European culture, and may push some unstable yet moderate people over the edge to extremism.
I can understand Matt Drudge posting something like that; he seems to thrive on Islamo-bashing, and it plays well to his demographic. But to see The Raw Story slide down to that level is truly disappointing.
I guess it's true what they say - shit flows downhill.