Katie Pavlich at Townhall demonstrated the liberal media's distaste for conservative critics of Islam. New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi tweeted:
Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a "Muhammad drawing contest"?— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) May 4, 2015
Callimachi, placed on the Islamic-extremism beat at the Times, was born in Romania and came to America with her parents. Pavlich answered her question: "Answer: To stand up for free speech again savages who murder over being offended. That's why." Callimachi also faced some Twitter replies:
A Monday New York Times report repeatedly called the hosting group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative led by Pamela Geller, as “anti-Islam.” That may be accurate, but do they ever describe the American Civil Liberties Union or atheist groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation as “anti-Christian” or “anti-religion”? The story ended:
Ms. Geller described Sunday’s event as pro-free speech, and said that Muslims had become a “special class” that Americans were no longer allowed to offend.
“The media is self-enforcing a Shariah,” she said, referring to Islamic law. “Under the Shariah you cannot criticize or offend Islam.”