In a remarkable piece published on its website last night, The Washington Post lamented the fact that Pamela Geller, the organiser behind the Texas ‘draw Mohammed’ cartoon contest has not offered an apology in the wake of the terrorist attack.
Under the headline Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas, Post writer Sandhya Somashekhar wrote that Geller “knew what she was doing when she staged the controversial event”.
“If the contest was intended as bait, it worked.” Somashekhar continued in the piece, accusing Geller of being “almost gleeful that she had been right” after she had said the event organisers were “prepared for violence.”
The piece then details various accusations thrown toward Geller in the past by the Southern Poverty Law Center, accusing her of being an ‘extremist’ and part of a ‘hate group’.
Geller responded on her blog, writing “I offer no apology? What apology exactly do I owe for almost being murdered?”
“It is unimaginable. The descent of the mainstream media into out-and-out pro-jihad agitation is complete.” Geller, the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, added.
“Two Islamic jihadists attempt to murder hundreds of people at our free speech event in Texas, and the Washington Post says that I “offer no apology.” she urged her readers.
“Yes, I knew what I was doing. I was standing for the freedom of speech in the teeth of violent intimidation. What the WaPo thinks I was doing, that’s another question.” Geller stated.
She also had some choice words for the SPLC:
“The Washington Post, true to form, doesn’t explain why the far-left SPLC is an authority to which anyone of good faith should pay attention. Who designated the radical left hate group a legitimate authority?” Geller wrote.
“The SPLC is not a neutral, impartial source. It’s a far-left hate group that smears and defames every group that deviates from its far-left line.” Geller concluded.
The Twitterverse responded in usual fashion to the Post’s shock at a lack of an apology from Geller:
Probably because they were shot at for trying to exercise their first amendment rights. http://t.co/m4tr7tm8W9
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 5, 2015
@ezralevant Sorry for not getting murdered?!?!?
— Laura Rosen Cohen (@LauraRosenCohen) May 5, 2015
— David (@Dcoxboomer) May 5, 2015
@PamelaGeller Media wants everyone to follow Obamas lead. Chief Apologist.
— simpleman (@tpwaring555) May 5, 2015
Meanwhile, following the lead of other mainstream media organisations, CNN aired a piece yesterday on the incident and opted to censor the images of the cartoons depicting Mohammed.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.