Outrageous NY Times Runs Image of Pope Made of Condoms, But Not Muhammad Cartoons
The New York Times is under fire over its decision to publish a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI that is made of condoms.
The portrait is displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum, angering Catholics in the area. It's made of 17,000 stretched-out latex condoms in a variety of colors.
The artist said she created the "Eggs Benedict" portrait to express opposition to the former pontiff's claim that condoms could contribute to the spread of AIDS in Africa.
On "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly and Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen called out the paper for publishing this offensive image, but declining earlier this year to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Times and other news outlets refused to show the Muhammad cartoons after the attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo.
"There's no simple, unwavering formula we can apply in situations like this," the Times' associate managing editor for standards Phil Corbett told the Washington Examiner on Monday.
"We really don't want to gratuitously offend anyone's deeply held beliefs. That said, it's probably impossible to avoid ever offending anyone. ... We have to make these judgments all the time. Reasonable people might disagree about any one of them," he said.
Thiessen slammed the Times' "hypocrisy" on the images, saying the Hebdo cartoons were "very newsworthy" once the terror attack took place.
Thiessen recalled that the Times justified the decision on the Muhammad cartoons by saying its policy is not to show images that are "deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities."
"Does a picture of the pope made out of condoms deliberately offend religious sensibilities? Of course it does. This is pure hypocrisy," he said.
Watch the full segment above.