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Who’s to blame: Terry Jones or the media?

September 12, 2010

An Ethical Dilemma

Should the media cover the Quran burning issue? This is the hottest topic in the world and should we blame the media for stirring the controversy.

Here is the thought of one journalist: ABC News anchor Chris Cuomo tweeted Thursday: “I am in the media, but think media gave life to this Florida burning … and that was reckless.”

Here are some great stories and links about this ethical journalistic debate:

1. How to Report on Quran Burning and Other Hate Speech by Kellie McBride from Poynter

2. Coverage of Koran Case stirs questions on Media role New York Times

3.. What if media had ignored Terry Jones? by Mike Thomas, Orlando Sentinel

4.  Could the media have ignored Terry Jones and his Koran-burning plan? The Christian Science Monitor

5. The Quran-Burning Coverage Conundrum NPR

6. The Media Firestorm over the Quran burning NPR Audio

7. Quran burning: Terry Jones’ moment in the spotlight The Guardian
8. ‘The AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned’

9. Professor says send the media trucks home

10. Social media inflames new cycle of Quran burning AP

11. Did the media elevate the Koran burning story? Stars & Stripes

12. Should we cover the Quran burning? Newsweek

13. Journalist ask: Is Terry Jones newsworthy? AOL.com

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 9:30 am

    I believe that this story was news worthy because what if the pastor didn’t get the attention he was seeking and decided to burn the Quran. Would this have caused more problem’s with us and the people of the Middle East? Could this possibly cause another nine elven but in a smaller city? In my oppion this man was clearly seeking attention so desperate times call for desperate measures don’t you think? I mean I’m happy he didn’t burn it because this small burning could have cause major problems that the United States can not deal with right now.

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