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Editor of U.S. Daily Explains Why He Published Mohammed Cartoons

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D. Reed Eckhardt, Managing Editor of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle of Cheyenne, explains why his paper recently ran three of the cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: Why have you chosen to print these cartoons?

D. REED ECKHARDT: Well, Amy, for us is was simply a matter of wanting my readers to have access to the materials I wanted them to see. In a story like this we can write about these cartoons all day long and describe them in as many words as we can find, but in the end, their ability to see them, I thought, would help them understand the issues. Certainly we understood that they might be offensive to some, but I thought it was important for them to be able to understand the world and the issues going on in the world around them. Certainly many of them could access them in the internet but many of our readers don’t have access to the internet and I wanted them to be able to see them.

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