Friday, September 10, 2010

The Media Lust for a Book Burning...

"Are you just toying with us to get attention?" asked a sweaty woman in a suit, crouching to keep out of the shot of multiple cameras over her head.

The crowd groaned.

"Why did you give this two-hour window?" came a shout from another side of the scrum.

"So will you say you're going to burn a Koran anytime you want press coverage?" snapped a reporter with a German accent.

"We're negotiating," said Jones, his maroon T-shirt soaked through with sweat -- but he refused to say what they were negotiating or with whom. And he kept repeating a tantalizingly ambiguous refrain: There will be no Koran-burning at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

"You're just using us! We should all leave!"
someone yelled from deep in the media pack.

Silence - for a moment. "Yeah! Let's all leave!"

Jones's response: "Fine, we're not press hungry, go!"

But no one moved, until Jones turned and shuffled back to the church.