Saturday, August 21, 2010

Take a Good Look

This week I've been focused on the nonsense that passes for news at Fox.  This would be disturbing in isolation, but the supposed not-insane news outlets, like CNN, are not much of an improvement.  CNN features an education commentator named Steve Perry, much-lauded because 100% of his graduates go to four-year colleges.  What they forget to tell you is that 43% of his students never make it to graduation.  But that's OK, isn't it?

While Fox broadcasts all sorts of thinly-veiled hateful drek about Muslims, CNN is there to report the fallout.  And fallout there is, when a troglodyte Florida minister determines burning Korans is a way to lead his flock into his vision of spirituality.

"We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it's causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times," Pastor Terry Jones told CNN's Rick Sanchez earlier this week.

I'm reminded of the film Arthur, where the butler tells Liza Minelli, "One must usually go to a bowling alley to meet a person of your caliber."  But it's not all that comic to live in an economically-strapped state where such wackos are granted prominence by an inept and irresponsible corporate media.  And who is this celebrated Pastor Terry?  Well, he's an American, and he's innocent until proven guilty.

Infamous Pastor Terry Jones, known for his activism against the Gainesville Florida mayor, and for his "Burn a Koran Day" has been arrested for possession of child pornography. Wednesday August 4, 2010 Pastor Terry Jones was arrested for sharing pictures of children in various states of nudity over the popular file sharing network Limewire.

So I won't be burning him in effigy or anything.   In fact, though his followers are hateful bigots, I won't even accuse them of being child pornographers, though that's the MO they used to vilify absolutely every member of a major worldwide religion.   Still, it's very disturbing to see the hatefulness that can blossom in this country, and the utter lack of curiosity about who's really responsible for our problems.

After all, who enables this media?  Who elects the people who tolerate and encourage it?
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