This clip comes to you thanks to the 24-hour TV station Sky News, based in Britain. It’s an outfit that, like many others, purports to cover the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings without possessing the intestinal fortitude to show any of the weekly paper’s Islam-mocking covers.
Which is a problem when the latest Charlie cover is the story of the day.
I’m very sad, very sad, that journalists in the U.K. do not support us; that journalists in the U.K. betray what journalism is about by thinking that people cannot be grown enough to decide if a drawing is offensive or not — because you’re not even showing it.
Then she holds up the new Charlie issue for the camera, and a panicked director almost immediately cuts the feed, with the anchorwoman admonishing her guest:
At Sky News, we have chosen not to show that cover, so we would appreciate, Caroline, not showing that.
Then, addressing her viewers:
We do apologize to any of our viewers who may be offended by that.
You know, I am offended by Sky’s display of gutlessness. Can I get an apology for that?