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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 7:25pm]

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