Monday Morning Edition 11/9/09

E-MAIL DISASTER: Sending a steamy e-mail exchange with your lover to your university’s e-mail list probably tops everyone’s “send” button disasters. This post, which cites a Friday incident at Cornell University, is worth consideration, although it may well be a hoax. Parental guidance suggested. [Guest of a Guest]

DUELING OVER FORT HOOD MASSACRE: NY Post’s Michael Goodwin and Chicago Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg expressed diametrically opposite views in their Sunday columns of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s Muslim ties. Steinberg says Hasan was a lone crazy and his faith as irrelevant to Thursday’s killings as…

“If a lady murders her kids and says that Jesus told her to do it, does that indict all Christians? All ladies?”

If you think otherwise, Steinberg suggests, you’re a racist:

You meet someone from the Netherlands and they need a shower. You therefore conclude the Dutch are a dirty people. That’s racism.

You meet a guy from Iceland, and you automatically pat your wallet, because your dad taught you that Icelanders are thieves. That’s also racism.

Goodwin’s take (at the end of a column on a different subject, under the subhead “Islam hits home”) is this

Tell the truth. When you first heard of the Fort Hood massacre, did you suspect a Muslim? I did, and I take no comfort in being right.

It is gratifying that CAIR, a leading Muslim advocacy group, condemned the attack and said, “No religious or political ideology could ever justify” such violence. The suspect’s cousin, of Jordanian descent, issued a heartfelt apology and insisted, “Our family loves America.”

But those welcome actions serve to highlight the overarching facts. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, born in America, was a religious Muslim who shouted, “Allahu akbar” (God is great), as he opened fire on defenseless comrades.

The White House won’t say it, but this is a terrorist act. It is further proof that radical Islam is making inroads into the best of families, including some in America’s military. It’s a problem we can’t solve until we face it.

ANOTHER REASON FOX WILL WIN: Amidst all the political chatter, Fox is proving to be the one network willing to work overtime when news breaks. It led the pack in Fort Hood coverage Thursday night (meaning it stayed live while CNN and MSNBC went to reruns), and did the same during the health care vote Saturday night. In both cases, it was rewarded — deservedly so — in the ratings (as is not infrequently the case, on Thursday, Fox had more viewers than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined! — and the numbers were far above normal). Where do you suppose news junkies will turn for coverage of the next big thing? [Huffington Post and Mediaite]

ENDLESS ASSAULT: Hey, we’re in media — we love advertising. But sometimes, there can be too much of a good thing, particularly in public spaces. Sometimes we just want to be left alone with our thoughts. [Toronto Star]

OUCH: Effective print ad, humorous commercial.


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