Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Salman Rushdie: The silence of the progs


The bounty on Salman Rushdie's head is raised in Iran, and there's nothing in the local media about it. Maybe there was something from the wire services in the Examiner, but I didn't see it. (The Examiner no longer has a search function to verify that impression, and it no longer allows comments by readers.) Nothing in the Chronicle or 48 Hills...where else would one look? Fog City Journal is dormant, SF Citizen doesn't do national/international issues, the SF Weekly had a Rushdie story last year that didn't even mention the fatwa. Nothing in Slate or Salon. Only The Huffington Post had an account.

A major writer has even a higher price put on his head by Muslim fanatics, and it's greeted with a yawn.

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