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Terry Jones
  • Tworld News: Week of September 13, 2010

    Finding out that your weekly news consumption could be entertaining is like finding out that your (something else that sucks) could be entertaining…

    Christine O'Donnell could kill so many birds with one stone by hacking into the internet at large and replacing all porn with closeup shots of Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus.

    Moving to France to become a mime still remains an awesome idea.

    "Wait, they're both on Comedy Central but they have competing rallies? I don't get it" -Someone Stupid

    The two party system is the tomato of political structures– always polarizing, but juiciest when ruptured. And tastiest on mozzarella.

    Terry Jones now regrets having not gone through with 'International Burn a $200k Bill From Your Local Government For Security Costs' day.

    Which town? Oh, you know. No, I don't know, which town are you talking about? You know, the one with the guys. The guys? Yeah, the guys and that thing. Oh, the town. Yeah, The Town. Ok.

    Jimmy Carter; making Reagan look good since ~1981.

    Hold me closer tiny Bristol.

    Recent polls show Paladino rapidly approaching Cuomo. This is why Rick Lazio continues to take a strong anti-polling stance.

    Get more hilarious news updates from @TheIndecider!

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    Tags: Andrew Cuomo, Bristol Palin, Christine O’Donnell, France, Jimmy Carter, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Terry Jones, Tworld News
  • The Daily Show Reports on the Beginning of the End of the World (aka That Ground Zero Mosque/Koran-Burning Thing)

    Years and years from now, people will look back on this point in time and think: Wait a minute. How are we even thinking about anything since we all died when we all blew ourselves up over that Ground Zero Mosque thing whatever that was all about?

    Wyatt Cenac and Aasif Mandvi (otherwise known as Team Jesus and Team Mohammad) join Jon to offer their insight after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: 9/11, Aasif Mandvi, Christianity, Feisal Abdul Rauf, Fox, Islam, Jon Stewart, New York City, Religion, Terry Jones, World Trade Center, Wyatt Cenac
  • Media Reports on Media Wondering If Media Maybe Had Some Role in Terry Jones Becoming Media Darling

    Will Terry Jones end up burning a divinely-inspired book of universal truths that is slightly different from his preferred divinely-inspired book of universal truths*? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe I will drive an ice pick into my own brain through my eye socket if I have to keep hearing about this nonsensical bullshit. Anything is possible!

    However, the real question that is facing the American media today is what the American media makes of all this, and to what extent can the American media blame the American media for the American media's complicity in the American media's role in getting the American media all wrapped up in this American media frenzy? It's a real puzzler.

    Luckily, we have the American media around to tackle it

    On Wednesday, Jones' plan to burn Qurans to commemorate 9/11 made the front pages of more than 50 U.S. newspapers — a number that's larger than the membership of  his entire congregation at the Dove World Outreach Center… Most journalists would probably agree that the rantings of a fanatical preacher in Florida shouldn't be front-page news across the United States and a lead story on national newscasts. However, the story appears to carry more weight as major officials and world leaders continue to weigh in. (Yahoo)

    In short, the U.S. media has given a global platform to a fringe pastor with a tiny flock, elevating him to a level of significance that would make most members of Congress jealous… (The War Room)

    But as news of the Koran burning circled the globe during the past week, so did questions about the role of the media in fanning the controversy… But can a pastor, no matter how inconsequential, burn the sacred scriptures of another faith without notice in today’s interconnected world? (Christian Science Monitor)

    In the inimitable way of the media, the more calls there were for Jones to cease and desist, the more attention Jones got – which was presumably what he wanted in the first place… In a press briefing earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had suggested the news media should "cover something beside" the pastor, "a desperate man seeking the attention of the better part of the world." He denied he was blaming the media, but questioned the usefulness of having a TV camera at the church. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

    Did the news media create another Joe the Plumber , or Joe the Pastor? Amazing how an obscure church in Florida, a nonexistent mosque in Manhattan and a really big war in Asia  can combine to create a big mess for the White House, State Department  and Pentagon . But if such messes didn't exist, what would we have to rant and rave about on opinion blogs like this one? That's the big question various publications and online sites are asking today: Why do we keep paying attention to yayhoos and empowering them far beyond their real significance? (Dallas Morning News)

    I'm concerned that, by covering this controversy this way, I'm maybe just empowering this monster. Maybe if we all just ignore the media's desperate need to cover idiots, the media will get tired and just go away.

    In the meantime, I'd better write all about my concerns here. I'm making a difference!

    * Thanks to some commenters for pointing out my original potentially problematic wording. All fixed now. Good work looking out for "free speech and expression." It is obviously something about which you care deeply.

    Tags: Christianity, Islam, Religion, Terry Jones
  • The Koran Burning Rally Is Off (or, More Specifically, It's On But Somewhere Else)

    Hey, so that Koran burning thing is off now?

    The minister of a Florida church said he has canceled plans to burn copies of the Quran because the leader of a much-opposed plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its location. The agreement couldn't be immediately confirmed…

    He said instead of his plan to burn the books on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11, he will be flying to New York to speak to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about moving the mosque.

    Yes, I'm sure that Pastor Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf were on the horn together all day hashing out a compromise over this. They're all like, Buy! Sell! No mosque! No Koran burning! That's almost certainly what happened.

    "We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans," Jones said during a news conference. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it."

    Oh, of course. Of course. Absolutely strong on that. Can we please get this guy his Nobel Peace Prize now? I mean, why wait?

    Anyway, I guess this particular doomsday scenario has run it's course.


    Westboro Baptist Church, the small Topeka, Kan., church that pickets funerals of American soldiers to spread its message that God is punishing the country for being tolerant of homosexuals, has vowed to hold a Quran burning if Gainesville's Dove World Outreach Center calls its off.

    We can always count on you, Fred Phelps. We can always count on you.

    Tags: Christianity, Feisal Abdul Rauf, Florida, Fred Phelps, Islam, New York City, Religion, Terry Jones, Westboro Baptist Church