Posted by lex, on September 9, 2010
Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones has agreed under the pressure of overseas world leaders, General Petraeus, the Pope, the president and 301 million (-50) other Americans that his stupid pastor stunt was, well: Stupid.* In light of the fact that site of the GZM project has been moved (it hasn’t).
Let us put aside for the now the exceptional phenomenon of the leader of the free world having to inject himself in this sordid spectacle, architected by a mean little man in a mean little shed masquerading as a church.
Let us focus instead on the new-found delicacy of our media, two members of which – having helped fan the flames of absurdity – decided to decline covering the actual act had it occurred.
First comes Fox:
In a bold move that is likely to be much discussed in coming days, Fox News said today that it will not cover the burning of the Quran on Saturday if Pastor Terry Jones follows through on his plan to burn copies of Islam’s sacred book.
Then the AP:
Should the event happen on Saturday, the AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned, and will not provide detailed text descriptions of the burning. With the exception of these specific images and descriptions, we expect to cover the Gainesville event, in all media, placing the actions of this group of about 50 people in a clear and balanced context.
MSNBC, CBS and ABC are now spared the tortuous decision on whether to decline coverage, thereby losing millions of agitated advertisement viewers, or whether to televise and graphically portray the spectacle, thereby practically ensuring the deaths of American soldiers, and others.
Where were these wise men back in 2004, back when the Abu Ghraib photos were being rubbed in our noses for months on end? Back before Iraq imploded?
02-12-21 Link(s) gone; no replacement found – Ed.