The NY Times has belatedly published a piece about the media’s role in the Koran-burning story – a sort of “Did we do that?”.
In the olden days of print news it would have made page 3, maybe page1 (on a slow day) of the local paper.
Now, thanks to cable and the 24-hour news cycle an obscure pastor can become a world figure gaining the attention of the president, the Pope, generals, the FBI and all the talking heads you can shake a stick at.
So a question for the media: since nutjobs like Westboro Baptist and “Pastor” Jones feed on publicity, why not starve them? Don’t you feel like idiots being so easily manipulated?
Take the power back Just say, “Ho-hum, another crazy” and don’t even bother.
I can hear the cries, “A conspiracy of silence!” Yes, exactly. Let this guy burn the Koran, but he is hardly entitled to international coverage. Without it he and others will wither on the vine.