Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

Jason Linkins writes on Huffington Post:
Terry Jones

[Thursday] afternoon, the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots who announced plans to stage an “international” day of Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida held a press conference, for a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America. At that press conference, in front of “9/11 Truther” signs, this cult leader lied to everyone who was watching, telling them that he was going to call off his 9/11 book burning festival because he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Not a word of this was true, but it was amazing, all the same — at one fell swoop, we had finally knit up the strands of a season of irrationality into one big, shiny, synergized knot. This was supposed to be the end of Recovery Summer? More like Relapse Summer.

The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation’s most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one. It’s a modern media retelling of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying”, in which a gang of Islamaphobes, cast in the role of Addie Bundren, bamboozle the media into carrying their coffin full of malevolence on a journey of pure debasement. Let’s begin at the beginning.

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12 Responses to Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

  1. Vox Penii September 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    No one who writes for Huffington Post ought to condemn anyone for embarrassing themselves. The second most popular article on the site: “Kim Kardashian Upset Over Release Of Nude Photos: Report”

    Glass houses, stones, et cetera.

    • Andrew September 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

      Didn’t you mention the ecological fallacy at some point?

      Because you commit it a lot.

      A bit of projection, perhaps?

  2. Vox Penii September 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    No one who writes for Huffington Post ought to condemn anyone for embarrassing themselves. The second most popular article on the site: “Kim Kardashian Upset Over Release Of Nude Photos: Report”

    Glass houses, stones, et cetera.

  3. Andrew September 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Didn’t you mention the ecological fallacy at some point?

    Because you commit it a lot.

    A bit of projection, perhaps?

  4. Akbar Lightning September 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    well guys, i was ready for a good ole fashion book burning, so i did one myself, check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rITBxPcFHjs&feature=player_embedded

    • gemmarama September 12, 2010 at 6:56 am #

      good work! nice wee film.

  5. Akbar Lightning September 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    well guys, i was ready for a good ole fashion book burning, so i did one myself, check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rITBxPcFHjs&feature=player_embedded

  6. gemmarama September 12, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    good work! nice wee film.

  7. Triple-O Seven September 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    That was one of the best movies ever! Akbar!

    • Akbar Lightning September 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

      thanks gang! it was a lot of fun…

  8. Triple-O Seven September 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    That was one of the best movies ever! Akbar!

  9. Akbar Lightning September 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    thanks gang! it was a lot of fun…

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