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Media fanning the flames

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 12, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  Television , Video  | Tags: CNN, Koran, Reliable Sources, Television, Terry Jones, media, pastor  
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There is no doubt that the media help inflame this kind of event because controversy and conflict is profitable to them. But the reality also is that it does not take much media for this particular event to have the potential for causing big problems. The Islamic world is extremely sensitive to this kind of provocation. If the event actually happened and somebody in the Islamic world picked it up, there is a large chance that it would have been quickly amplified with serious consequences.
There is nothing new about this kind of media activity and the circle of media and protesters feeding on each other. I still remember my turn to be a little in the spotlight in 1969. In some ways it did involve a little bigger situation than Terry Jones. It involved a confrontation with MIT and its involvement in the development of first strike nuclear weapons as well as the hope of some protestors to occupy MIT and achieve notoriety for themselves. But I doubt it had the same potential for consequences as a religous provocation of the Islamic world. In any case, I represented one of the factions of the protestors at the press conference before the event. I was actually trying to keep the protest focused on the substantial issues and away from the theater of occupying MIT. But the press clearly had other ideas. In the event, they were disappointed.

Posted by: dnjake | September 12, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Media was perceptive in disclosing that one section of US American kooky nutty people is being threatend over their free speech by a bizzare Governace and a poopy pants depends wearing General.

In the good ole USA one cannot lose free speech rights as a religious action.
Look the kooky spa attire people with dents in their foreheads can take out World Trade Center, and still be entitled to free speech here as one sector of nutty people we protect, so a book burner or topless RAELIAN hardly seems the ones the military Gnerals should be having words with.

The press exposed Gates for his acts and should be commended.

Posted by: dottydo | September 13, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

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