Whenever a tragedy like the Charlie Hebdo massacres happen, it’s always interesting to take a look around the web and see who is being blamed besides the gunmen:
DENVER – Family and friends of a Denver woman who died Dec. 30 say they are outraged by a pastor’s decision that forced the family to move their loved one’s funeral from New Hope Ministries to a funeral home across the street, at the last minute, because the family refused to edit a video showing Vanessa Collier kissing her girlfriend.
A Texas congressman is taking President Obama to task for skipping the unity march Sunday in Paris, referencing Hitler’s trip to Paris to mark the 1940 Nazi invasion of France.
“Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons,” Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) tweeted late Monday.
Weber, who now fills the House seat vacated by Rep. Ron Paul, was among the critics faulting Obama for not sending a high-level official to Paris to join world leaders who showed their support after the terrorist shootings last week. The U.S. Ambassador to France represented the U.S. at the event, attended by more than 40 heads of state.
Shortly after two gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the attackers shouted, “We are avenging the prophet Muhammad!” before firing on a police car and making their escape, according to a new eyewitness video released on Tuesday.
The attackers, brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, are seen in the video adjusting their weapons and driving away in their hijacked black Citröen C3 car in the street outside Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters.
They then encounter a French police car, exchange gunfire for a few brief seconds and drive away. They were shot dead three days later by French commandos in a siege at a printing house.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The issue of whether to display the new cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which depicts a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, has split media outlets in the U.S. and overseas.
The image, showing Muhammad crying and holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign under the headline “All is Forgiven,” was blasted across the Internet Monday ahead of the magazine’s publication, the first issue of Charlie Hebdo since terrorists attacked its offices, killing 12 people.
But many news outlets, including NBC News, NPR, Britain’s Daily Mail, The New York Times and the Associated Press, chose not to show the cartoon, choosing instead to describe its content to their audience. At issue is whether the news value of the image outweighs its potential to offend. Depicting images of the Prophet Muhammad is considered a sacrilegious act by many Muslims. Outlets that chose not to show the cartoon, or cropped or blurred the offensive images, cited cultural sensitivity and standards of decency as reasons.
Many chose to only briefly show the Charlie Hebdo cover, as the BBC did on its Newsnight program, but it kept the image offline. Others, including Britain’s The Guardian and The Independent newspapers, ran the cartoon but included a warning that it could offend some readers.
In France, there was no such hesitation. The Charlie Hebdo cartoons were splashed across the front pages and in primetime across all networks.
From Mediaite: Which Networks are Showing the New Charlie Hebdo cover.
“CNN will not show you the new cover which depicts the Prophet Muhammad because it is policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet,” Carol Costello announced Tuesday morning, while MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart said, “NBC News and other networks have made the editorial decision not to show the cover.” CNN maintained the policy was subject to change.
By contrast, Fox News displayed the cover during a reportorial segment on its release:
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