Doonesbury cartoonist criticizes Charlie Hebdo for 'hate speech'
Garry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury and frequent mean-spirited attacker of conservatives, lately Sarah Palin (and her family) in particular, seemed to suggest that the Charlie Hebdo staff had it coming. Accepting the George Polk Award, he remarked that Charlie Hebdo, “"wandered into the realm of hate speech.” He also added that “free speech... becomes its own kind of fanaticism.”
Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard correctly notes that this sounds a lot like people criticizing a rape victim for wearing a short skirt, implying she had it coming.
Like many on the left, Trudeau has become increasingly cranky and mean as their ideology has failed to live up to its promises everywhere it is tried.
But coming from someone who pushes boundaries of taste, this criticism of people who paid with their love for their criticism of Islam is shocking.