There are (as I write this) 14,331 comments on this article at the Huffington Post: Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves. It has been tweeted 11,478 times and shared on Facebook 10,966 times. Probably by the same people.
I wonder if the 14,330th commenter had actually read the previous 14,329 comments? Or if he or she really expected anyone to read so far.
Never mind, I’m adding to the chatter now by blogging it, because it’s worth a read and follows up on what Charlie Booker wrote a couple of weeks ago. As the article concludes, Booker was right. The media really should have stopped, before they made things worse. But they didn’t, and they did.
As soon as the media saw themselves a shiny shiny shining thing shining shinily in New York City, they pounced! How perfect! Something for us to talk about during the slow-news summer! I mean, we could talk about the nation’s unemployment crisis, but that would mean we’d have to talk to poor, jobless people, and there’s no currency in having access to a bunch of poors. Right away, they accepted the premise that this was a “Ground Zero mosque,” when it wasn’t. And so, by the power vested in the media, things that weren’t in fact true were accorded the privilege of being “one side of a great debate” and “an interesting point of view.”