MSNBC blurred the cover of an issue of Charlie Hebdo during an interview with a contributor to the magazine, sticking to its policy of not airing cartoons of Muhammad which Muslims might deem offensive.
More embarrassing for the news network, Caroline Fourest, the Charlie Hebdo contributor, predicted during the interview that the network would blur the cover, a decision which she called “the saddest news” she’s heard as journalists around the world rally around the satirical magazine.
Two Islamic terrorists killed 10 Charlie Hebdo employees and two policemen last week in Paris. The killers claimed they were outraged over Charlie Hebdo’s recent publication of cartoons satirizing Muhammad. Most major news networks, including NBC and CNN, have said they will not air Charlie Hebdo covers with those cartoons.
“Then we had some other cartoons, more Charlie Hebdo, like this one, that I know because we are in America, you are probably going to blur it, which is just crazy,” Fourest told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow.
The French journalist then held up a copy of a Charlie Hebdo issue, the cover of which depicted a cartoon of Muhammad which MSNBC had blurred, as Fourest predicted. (RELATED: CNN, MSNBC Refuse To Show New Charlie Hebdo Muhammad Cover)
“So let’s talk about that,” Farrow replied. “It’s a debate going on in newsrooms around the world, and it is true, many stations including NBC News have decided they will not show some of those covers that are most offensive, particularly in their depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. What’s your response to that?”
“I think it is the saddest news I’ve heard in this all of this incredibly moving mobilization around Charlie Hebdo,” Fourest said.