Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Media, society both carried Islam-hating pastor's voice around the world

Yes, the media need to do a long review on how Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones got to the international stage, and maybe curb their "controversy sells" approach.

As a society, however, we've become so accustomed to and comfortable with outrage that many of us no longer stop to consider the consequences of gobbling up get-angry news.

From the Islamic cultural center near ground zero to Jones' banter about burning the Koran, it's not just the coverage but how we react to the coverage that gives these stories added life.

Until we learn to push away from the table of fury, the media and politicians will keep finding incendiary issues for the "mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" buffet. …

Credit Tampa City Council member Curtis Stokes for using his bully pulpit to engage black professionals on Hillsborough's transportation initiative. Stokes will hold a meeting in conjunction with Moving Hillsborough Forward at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University Club. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: No Matter How Cynical I Get, It Never Seems To Be Enough. …

You would think when NASA retires the space shuttle program, one of the three shuttles would be put on display at the Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center. But the center actually has to compete for the orbitals with other museums around the nation. The Space Coast and the state deserve better. …

On Tuesday, area Massage Envy Centers offer $49 one-hour sessions, with $15 from each massage going to the Florida Suncoast affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. …

The USF football team gave a valiant effort against the Florida Gators on Saturday, but in the end they learned a valuable lesson: Gainesville is not Tallahassee.

That's all I'm saying.

Media, society both carried Islam-hating pastor's voice around the world 09/12/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Editorial: A proud moment for civic involvement in Hillsborough County


    It took private citizens less than 24 hours to do what their elected leaders in Hillsborough County could not for the past three months: Find the moral fortitude and the money to move a century-old Confederate war memorial from outside the county courthouse. Thursday's achievement was a lesson in leadership to county …

    The Hillsborough County Commission dithered for three months over moving the Memoria in Aeterna monument from the old county courthouse.
  2. Fort Myers woman arrested for doing cocaine off iPhone in parent pick-up line

    Bizarre News

    A Fort Myers woman was arrested Tuesday after police saw her snorting cocaine off her iPhone while in the parent pick-up line at a Lee County middle school.

    Christina Hester, 39, faces two different drug-related charges, according to police records. [Lee County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic


    UPDATE: At 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  4. Editorial: Pinellas should join lawsuit challenging new state law


    The Florida Legislature has been on a cynical, constitutionally dubious quest to render local school boards powerless. The most direct assault is a new state law that strips school boards of much of their authority when it comes to the creation and funding of charter schools. It's time for the Pinellas County School …

  5. Editorial: Fix funding unfairness in Florida foster care system


    Many of the children in Florida's foster care system already have been failed by their parents. The last thing these kids need is to be failed by bureaucracy, too, and yet that's exactly what appears to be happening because of a needlessly rigid funding formula set up by the Florida Legislature. Child welfare agencies …

    The Legislature may have had good intentions when it came up with the funding plan, but it’s obvious that there is some unfairness built into it. The funding may be complicated, but the goal is simple: Making sure every child in need gets the help he or she needs.