Sunday, September 12, 2010

Why bother with bigots?

IT’S a lesson for media organisations all over the world: Does a pastor of a tiny church who threatens to burn copies of the Quran deserve the kind of coverage that has now provoked so much anger?

The unheard of pastor, who is said to make a living selling furniture online, has achieved international notoriety because he was given the soapbox by the media.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You must take the lead as the chief editor of a leading newspaper. Even if The Star were to black out the inconsequential but damaging people, it will not help if other newspapers continue to give them space. Malaysia has seen a proliferation of one or two-member NGOs for practically every issue, and they get space that they do not deserve.

Media watcher

Yen Ling said...

Can't agree more with you on the issue of M'sians managing race relations themselves better minus the politicians. Essentially, The Star and all responsible media disseminating info - mainstream or otherwise should take measures not to get sucked into situations manipulated by demagogues and free-publicity seeking individuals to promote disastrous consequences. The latest case in point in Malaysia is the individual who 'threatened to punch the Penang Chief Minister'.

Chen Yen Ling

Jahamy said...

Amat Setuju brother!

Salam

Suci Dalam Debu said...

Sir,

another good article but I would like to add that at least the pastor did not ask his flock to go on a rampage.