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FRIDAY ON MY MIND
Do tell: Federal judge declares military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional.
NYT hosts good debate on Koran burning episode and "When a fringe figure becomes news" with Geneva Overholser, Clay Shirky, Alan Wolfe, and Rick Perlstein, who says: "The problem is that elite media gatekeepers have abandoned their moral mandate to stigmatize uncivil discourse. Instead, too many outlets reward it. "
More on all this from Brian Stelter. He notes that Chris Cuomo, an ABC News anchor, wrote Thursday on Twitter, “I am in the media, but think media gave life to this Florida burning … and that was reckless.” ….Balloon Boy, the Sequel? Howie Kurtz: How the jerk pastor jerked the media’s chain , again….. Our pal Lizz Winstead, Daily Show co-founder, tweets: "The leader of 50 racist shitheads got more press than all the anti war protests in 2003." … NPR’s David Folkenflik comments.
Earlier, NBC had said it will film Koran burning — then decide what to show. AP will not transmit any images. Fox will also pass–perhaps the reason pastor backed down, for awhile, to start with.
Chris Hedges: How one father acted (extremely) after his 20-year-old son came home from war — in a casket.
Ted Koppel op-ed: How our post-9/11 policies have helped al-Qaeda.
NEW WIKILEAKS WikiLeaks to publish massive cache of new docs from Iraq War: Newsweek: Could be bigger than the document dump on Afghan, and once again they are working with news orgs. Wonder if Pentagon chief Gates will now tell pastor to burn WikiLeaks docs instead of Koran?