David Brooks Changes Mind, Opposes Showing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

New York Times columnist David Brooks said that he had changed his mind and agrees with PBS’ decision to not air the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour.”

“I’ve changed my mind about this. My newspaper, the New York Times, made the exact same decision. And I thought ‘no, the news value, you’ve got to show what the subject of what all this fuss is all about. But, as I thought about it more, when you actually look at the actual cartoons, some of them involve sodomy, some of them involve things that violate every standard of decency which we have. So, my view is that our standards of what represents decent behavior and civic conversation are more important in this case. And if people want to see the cartoons, they can go online, they can go somewhere else. And my basic attitude is, that when it comes to speech, is that we should almost, almost never invite somebody off campus, we should almost, almost never pass a law, but we should have certain social standards, what’s polite, what’s acceptable, what gets you respect, what doesn’t, and maintaining standards of just decency, we don’t curse on the air, and it’s a way of behaving respectfully, and that encourages conversation. So, I think the call is ultimately the right one” he stated.

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