• Charlie Hebdo’s Message To Squeamish Media: ‘Screw You’

    The honey badger of political news, Charlie Hebdo, has a message for those who stand for free speech and those who do not.

    Editor-in-chief Gérard Biard writes about the irony of how over “the past week, Charlie, an atheist newspaper, has been accomplishing more miracles than all of the saints and prophets united.” Biard goes on to thank the supporters who “sincerely and deeply ‘are Charlie.’ And we say screw the other ones, who couldn’t give a toss anyway.”

    Biard writes, “Yes, we condemn terrorism, but. Yes, threatening cartoonists with death isn’t good, but. Yes, burning down a newspaper is bad, but,” lashing out at the hypocritical “But” brigade who have implied that attacking the newspaper is understandable.

    Indeed, a number of major media outlets in America have chickened out of showing the satirical magazine’s illustrations.

    National Public Radio (NPR), The New York Times, FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC have all given one reason or another as to why they won’t run the drawings that mock Islam.

    And, of course, Barack Obama chose to watch football on Sunday while millions of protesters marched throughout the streets of Paris in support of free speech.

    And let us not forgot Obama’s declaration that the “future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

    Precisely one week after radical Islamists stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and four others, that magazine was selling copies by the millions to people who had lined up for hours outside newsstands across France waiting for their chance to buy the coveted paper.

    Some reports confirm lines that stretched for blocks as people patiently waited.


    The first cover since the massacre features a Muhammad caricature. Some are claiming that this picture of the Islamic prophet is a penis, a low blow that made the paper a target in the first place.


    The cover’s cartoonist Luz told reporters that he cried after drawing it. “It wasn’t the cover the world wanted us to do. It wasn’t the cover the terrorists wanted us to do. But it’s ours. We drew Muhammad again. I’m sorry. But the Muhammad we drew is above all a fellow who is crying,” he said.

    This page of Charlie’s latest issue snipes at media outlets who blurred out their Mohammed pictures.1421248941492.cachedOn ebay copies of the newspaper are selling for as much as $560.

    The 5 millions copies of Charlie are being gobbled up around the world just as Al-Qaeda in Yemen has released a YouTube video claiming responsibility for last week’s attack. It was “as vengeance for the Messenger of God,” a man say in the video, presumably referring to satirized Muhammad pictures that have been immortalized forever thanks to Charlie Hebdo writers.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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