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Free speech warrior tells Megyn Kelly: ‘Pansy-ified’ Western media too cowardly to fight Islamists

Conservative author, commentator and free speech warrior Mark Steyn told Megyn Kelly on Wednesday that the men and women who died in the terrorist attack in Paris had been “forced to bear a burden” other Western media giants should have shared – but didn’t.

Appearing on “The Kelly File,” Steyn said the Western “pansy-ified” media is quick to praise itself as courageous for standing up to governments – but has proven to be craven in the face of Islamist threats to newspapers that published cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.

It was those cartoons that led Islamist terrorists to attack the Charlie Hebdo editorial offices on Wednesday.

Steyn viewed the reaction to the attack as hypocrisy that will eventually lead to even more cowardice.

“I see these candlelight vigils and everyone claiming suddenly to be for freedom of speech. I think one consequence of this is that a lot of people will retreat even further into self-censorship,” he said.

“The New York Daily News won’t even show–dishonors the dead in Paris by not even showing properly the cartoons. They pixelated Muhammad out of it so it looks like Muhammad has entered the witness protection program, but they left the hooked-nose Jew in and that exactly gets to the double standard here:

“You can say anything you like about Christianity, you can say anything you like Judaism. But these guys, everyone understands the message, that if you say anything about Islam, these guys will kill you. We will be retreating into a lot more self-censorship if the pansy-ified Western media doesn’t man up and decide to disperse the risk so they can’t kill one small, little French satirical magazine. They’ve gotta kill all of us.”

Steyn is no stranger to fighting for his belief in free speech – in the court of public opinion or a court of law.

He’s currently involved in a time-consuming and expensive lawsuit, after being sued by climate researcher Michael Mann for calling Mann’s work allegedly proving man-made global warming a fraud.

Steyn doesn’t back down easily, and he has nothing but scorn for media outlets that do.

“The fact that The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune and the Toronto Globe and Mail, and The Irish Times and the Sunday Star Times in New Zealand didn’t publish them after people have been killed for them, and they’re actually a news story now,” he said.

“The media … congratulates itself on its bravery as one of the most tedious institutions for handing out awards for bravery, far more than firemen or soldiers do. The fact they didn’t even have the courage to show these cartoons after they became a news story is why these brave men like Charlie Hebdo had to bear the burden almost single-handed.”

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