As French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ramps up for a 3 million-issue pressing of its new edition, the first since a terrorist attack left a dozen dead at its offices last week, some networks are balking at airing its depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammed.
This is somewhat a reprisal of last week, when the networks pulled back from showing Hebdo's controversial 2012 cover, citing safety concerns. This morning, CNN and NBC News announced that they would not be showing the new cover; both described the cover instead.
"CNN will not show you the new cover which depicts the Prophet Muhammad because it is policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet," Carol Costello announced Tuesday morning, while MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart said, "NBC News and other networks have made the editorial decision not to show the cover." CNN maintained the policy was subject to change.