Left unremarked in the Times coverage - just what is the culpability and responsibility of the media in covering this stunt? The church hosting the Quran bonfire has all of fifty members and is not anyone's idea of mainstream. Why are these Quran crackpots being given a platform to hold our national security hostage and endanger our troops?
OK, part of the answer is that this started as a lovely opportunity for the liberal media to bash some crazed righties. Fun's fun, but if the media is so worried about this, they might wonder why they feel obliged to cover it. Will CNN be broadcasting live from the bonfire? I bet they will. But if fifty people gathered to demand a look at Obama's birth certificate (or Kerry's military records!), they would be ignored as crazy but not incendiary. Or, closer to home, this is the same media that refused to publish the Mohammed cartoons that started riots in Europe. Deep-sixing stories that don't fit their narrative is what these people do for a living - why not bury this one?
Some crackpot dreamed up a stunt that the liberal media loved, and now they don't know how to get off the tiger. Well done.
FWIW, my recollection is that many sports broadcasters have a policy of cutting away from the field when some fool of a "fan" runs onto it, in order not to reward that misbehavior with attention. A similar judgment would be appropriate here.
UPDATE: Fox News and the AP join my boycott! [OK, maybe this is the Howard Kurtz-led boycott, since I see he had a similarly-themed column at 6AM). As does their website host, which raises new issues. My view is that the church is free to be offensive and the media is free to ignore it. As to their right to engage in offensive speech on the internet, I would lean to an expansive view.
HUH? Now the pastor says he will cancel the burning because the imam has agreed to move the Ground Zero mosque. Hard to believe. Clever positioning, though - now he can blame the burning on that sneaky imam who reneged on their deal (whether they had one or not.)
MY LACK OF ORIGINALITY CONTINUES... Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel had the same "ignore this nobody" notion last night.