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Shameful. The entire ridiculous affair of the media falling all over itself to give credence to some two-bit xenophobe posing as a preacher is just shameful. I have listened to the political hacks hurrying to boost their ratings by out-bigoting each other with falsehood after falsehood. I have seen has-been politicians who (in their minds) are would-be-Presidents make stuff up left and right to inflame the irrational populace. And I have seen seemingly adult Americans cowering in the corner over the possibility that some Muslim might build a dang basketball court a few blocks from the construction site formerly known as the World Trade Towers.
Today I came across an article written by Jason Linkins. You can read the entire article here. I highly recommend everyone read it in full, then Tweet it, Facebook it, plaster it on the inside walls of bus stop enclosures, do whatever you have to do to smarten up the people in this country. And definitely drop off a few thousand copies to every media outlet within a 50 mile radius of you.
Linkins pulls no punches. He refers to Terry Jones as the “leader of a microscopic cult of idiots” who has been “pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism.” He goes after the media as well, noting:
As soon as the media saw themselves a shiny shiny shining thing shining shinily in New York City, they pounced! How perfect! Something for us to talk about during the slow-news summer!
To be honest, I’m embarrassed by the cowardice and falsity by our country. As are others. Ted Koppel wrote a piece in the Washington Post saying that we need to stop playing into Osama bin Laden’s hands. We have somehow let the inmates get the keys to the asylum and are running around turning reality upside down.
And the media plays it up for ratings and profit.
It disgusts me. And it should disgust all of us. It has to stop. It’s time for Americans to start acting like intelligent adults again and not like spoiled two-year olds. It’s time for us to start taking responsibility for being truthful in our discourse. And it’s time for the media to regain its journalistic integrity instead of being the first clown in the mini car in ring three.
It’s time to grow up.