On America’s Newsroom, Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters reacted to the deadly terror attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, calling it an attack on the freedom of the press. Colonel Peters told Fox host Bill Hemmer that the terrorists won.
“Bill, you know, when you said good morning, my response, my instinct was, no, it’s not a good morning. It’s a terrible morning. It’s a bad morning for press freedom, for freedom of information. It’s bad because the terrorists won. The terrorists won this morning.”
Peters said that these types of attacks are going to affect how the media decides to report the news.
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“The end result of this is going to be we’re going to continue to self-censor.”
Peters praised the satirical weekly newspaper for having the courage to mock Islamic fanatics. He challenged all the major newspapers to publish Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons.
“The correct response to this attack, by all of us in journalism — we pretend to be so brave — if we had guts, those cartoons would be reprinted on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times tomorrow. They won’t be. We’ll cry, but we’re going to continue to self-censor. Brave journalists died and cowardly ones will profit.”
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Peters said that terrorism is getting more sophisticated and more pervasive, which is causing us to lose the will to fight.
“This was a horrible attack on brave journalists, but everyday dozens and hundreds of people are slaughtered around the world by Islamist extremists and we will not come to grips with it.”
Peters accused journalists, the president, and the military of being too worried about offending our enemies because “we don’t have the guts” to stand up to fanatical Islam.
h/t: Fox News
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