Thursday, May 25, 2006

Capital Times Anti-War Speaker Says Murdering Blair Would be Justified

Most newspapers try to maintain at least the pretense of objectivity, notwithstanding that bias may creep into their stories, columns and even photos.

Thus, back in August, when it was announced that incendiary anti-Iraq War British MP George Galloway was going to speak in Madison, we found it a bit odd that the Madison Capital-Times cosponsored the event.

When we contacted Managing Editor Phil Haslanger he explained that the Capital-Times is “more activist than most papers.”

We wonder how people at the paper feel about this. From The Independent:

The Respect MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: “Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber — if there were no other casualties — be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?”

Mr Galloway replied: “Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it - but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq — as Blair did.”

A particularly interesting question is: will Galloway’s statement be covered by the Capital-Times?

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