Sunday, September 12, 2010

Has The Media Lost Its Mind?

The Maine Sunday Telegram's front page article and photo for September 11 was about the local observance of the end of Ramadan. To the paper's great surprise, its readers were unhappy. The editor apologized today.

Many saw Saturday's front-page story and photo regarding the local observance of the end of Ramadan as offensive, particularly on the day, Sept. 11, when our nation and the world were paying tribute to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks nine years ago.

We have acknowledged that we erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page.

What you are reading today was the planned coverage of the 9/11 events. We believed that the day after the anniversary would be the appropriate occasion to provide extensive news coverage of the events and observances conducted locally and elsewhere.

In hindsight, it is clear that we should have handled this differently and with greater sensitivity toward the painful memories stirred by the anniversary of 9/11.

Gee, I wonder if they observe Pearl Harbor Day on the 8th or Christmas on December 26th. I mean, could you possibly find a better example of the cultural and intellectual gulf between the mainstream (or, in this case, Mainestream) media and the people they expect to buy their product?

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