[Senior CNN editorial director Richard] Griffiths’ email:And yes, apparently it is specific enough at CNN to refer to Mohammed simply as "the Prophet." I guess accepting your subjugation is like being pregnant -- you can't just accept it a little. And here I always thought The Prophet was a novel by Kahlil Gibran.
Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet considered offensive by many Muslims, platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail. This is key to understanding the nature of the attack on the magazine and the tension between free expression and respect for religion.
Video or stills of street protests showing Parisians holding up copies of the offensive cartoons, if shot wide, are also OK. Avoid close-ups of the cartoons that make them clearly legible.
It’s also OK to show most of the protest cartoons making the rounds online, though care should be taken to avoid examples that include within them detailed depictions of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
CNN hasn't been a news leader for years, though, and this is no exception -- there are lots of cowardly organizations in the lamestream media. According to Hot Air, NBC won't be showing the cartoons, Fox News showed them once and will not do so again, and the AP won't even show the cartoons on its website.
NBC News spox to me right now says they will not be showing cartoons that “could be viewed as insensitive”