CNN Isn’t the Only Network Avoiding Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

By Brian Flood 

HebdoA memo sent too CNN staffers, first obtained by Politico, detailed that the network isn’t going to show images of cartoons from the Charlie Hebdo magazine that could be viewed as offensive to Muslims. TVNewser has now learned that other cable news networks are taking the same stance.

An MSNBC spokesperson told TVNewser, “Our NBC News Group Standards team has sent guidance to NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC not to show headlines or cartoons that could be viewed as insensitive or offensive.”

In addition, a Fox News spokesperson told TVNewser that FNC has “no plans to show the cartoons.” A CNN spokesperson has followed up, telling us, “as this distressing story continues to evolve we are actively discussing the best way of addressing the key issues and images across all of our platforms.  Those conversations will continue throughout the day and beyond as the story develops.”

UPDATE: CNN and FNC both showed the cartoons early Wednesday, before the statements were released. Also, some of the images can still be seen on the FNC website.