"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.