Should the media have ignored Terry Jones and his Koran-burning plan?

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks at a news conference in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday. Jones stated that he would go forward with a scheduled burning of copies of the Koran at his church on Sept. 11, and then reversed himself the next day. John Raoux/AP

“…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.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week rapped the media for giving the Rev. Mr. Jones attention and suggested the media “ignore” his actions on Sept. 11.

Deepak Chopra, author of the forthcoming book “Muhammad,” says in an e-mail: “The media has a responsibility to not contribute to rage and possible violence by not making a global phenomenon of what could have been a nonevent by an unimportant pastor.”

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