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Should the media have ignored Gainesville pastor's plans to burn Koran?



pastor_korans.jpgGainesville pastor Terry Jones issued an ultimatum this afternoon: The imam in charge of the Islamic center planned near ground zero had two hours to call the Jones and agree to move the center or else. 

The ultimatum for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to call him by 3:15 p.m. to arrange the meeting was met with silence. In a brief statement to reporters Friday afternoon, pastor Jones said he had not heard from Rauf despite the ultimatum.

What if the 1:00 press conference had been met with silence by reporters? What if no one in the media reported on Jones' latest statement about whether or not he would burn the Koran on Sept. 11?

Since published a story on Tuesday night about Jones's plans to burn the Koran, a number of readers have criticized us, and the media overall, for stoking the flames of hatred.

"This man is not a Christian, he is a publicity seeker, and trouble maker. Let him burn his Koran, and the news media should ignore him. His foolishness would go un-noticed by all but the few of his dysfunctional followers," wrote one member, rkt9.

"St Pete Times: How about you and all the other media circuses stop covering this story so this idiocy can stay muted within their ignorant little bubble!" another member, unb1ased, wrote.

Here's a look at some columnists that have addresssed that issue:

How did the media lose control of the Koran burning story? by the St. Petersburg Times' Eric Deggans.

What if media had ignored Terry Jones? by Mike Thomas in the Orlando Sentinel

Could the media have ignored Terry Jones and his Koran-burning plan? Gloria Goodale, Christian Science Monitor.

The Quran-Burning Coverage Conundrum by Brooke Gladstone, NPR.

Pastor Jones's moment in the spotlight by Anshuman A Mondal, The Guardian

Share your feedback: Should the media have ignored Jones altogether?

[Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:35pm]


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