Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Case Study: How to Manufacture a Controversy

Salon examines the origins of our national debate over a zoning issue in lower Manhattan. With links. So many links. Go read the links, and then consider the sources.


Short story? It is all about the page hits, baby. Publicity, money, & overemotional politics win in our current atmosphere.

There are not two legitimate sides to this story. You have religious freedom, legitimate property rights, and the United States Constitution on one side. On the other side you have nothing more than demagoguery, self-importance, and taking advantage of an emotional reaction.

It would be one thing if it were only the kooky, fringe elements latching onto this. But the publicly recognized leaders of one of our mainstream political organizations?

That so many media-types and individuals continue to find some sort of moral equivalence in this story is a testament to how far our civilization has yet to go and how much work we have yet to do.

(HT: The Daily Dish.)


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