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Sharyl Attkisson: 'Tough Call' on Whether or Not to Run Cartoons

By    |   Thursday, 08 January 2015 04:25 PM

Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson says the world's media is in a tough spot in deciding whether to run the satirical cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad that sparked a terrorist bloodbath in Paris.

"It’s a very tough call," Attkisson said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"You don't want to provoke and overly endanger employees. On the other hand you don't want to kowtow to terrorists and their threats."

Twelve people were killed on Wednesday when masked gunmen stormed into the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and began shooting.

Attkisson — author of "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington", is not sure what the answer is.

"It’s a very difficult issue. In some respects, we are trying to have it both ways. We don't want to give in or appear as if we're giving in, but on the other hand, to some degree, we are when we say that we don't want to be provocative or in danger," Attkisson said.

"I don't have the answer to that. It's a tough call especially for the managers."

One possible solution, Attkisson believes, is an agreement by all media outlets to show the cartoons — a kind of safety-in-numbers plan.

"If everybody were to get together and agree, everyone publishes it at once all over the place, it could help neuter the idea that there would be someone singled out for a focus," she said.

"I don't know if that would backfire or work, but it is one thing … I don't think you'll get the media all together to do that, but it's a thought."

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