Journalists Go Green—But Not With Envy!
From the Scrapbook.
Feb 8, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 20
The Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, to his credit chastised Lauritz. But defenders of Westergaard are becoming rarer. And there is worse: Karen Thisted, a columnist in the leading tabloid Ekstrabladet, blamed Westergaard for his own troubles. Her January 5 column ran under the headline, “You Are a Coward, Kurt Westergaard.” She accused him of a “constant urge for self-promotion. . . . It has got nothing to do with freedom of speech to keep shouting about oneself and one’s artistic rights, and it irritates me intensely that we Danes have to suffer just because Kurt Westergard can’t get enough of his five minutes of fame.” The column concludes: “You suffer from the compulsive idea that you are personally engaged in a heroic fight on behalf of freedom of speech.”
Seems there are plenty of cowards (and worse, in the case of Thisted) in Denmark, but Westergaard isn’t one of them. A friend of The Scrapbook in Denmark notes that none of the papers there in their coverage of the axe attack dared reprint the cartoon.
On a happier note: Galleri Draupner in Skanderborg stepped up and auctioned Westergaard’s watercolor, raising 100,000 Danish krones ($19,000) for earthquake victims.
"I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
"I never thought the mere fact of my election would usher in peace, harmony, and some postpartisan era.”
Sentences We Didn’t Finish
"President Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t signal a political shift to the left or the right. It sounded more like a shrewd attempt to move from the inside to the outside—to position himself alongside disaffected voters, peering through the windows of the den of iniquity called Washington and . . . ” (Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, January 29).
"Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve found the last few weeks in American politics particularly unnerving. . . . ” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, January 27).
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