In case you were wondering about the power of new media vs. the traditional media, consider this:
The list of establishment voices who have spoken out–often forcefully–against the plainly bigoted crusade against Park51, aka the Cordoba House, should be daunting. It includes the editorial pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and (grudgingly) the Wall Street Journal as well as CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (who returned an award from the ADL in protest), NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, Post columnist Kathleen Parker, the American Jewish Committee, J-Street and Iraq war boosters Christopher Hitchens and Peter Beinart, whose recentDaily Beast columns put him somewhere just slightly to the right of Noam Chomsky.
And yet–all of this pushback has made not one iota of difference. Over sixty percent of Americans still think an Islamic cultural center should not be built on “hallowed ground,” and vulnerable Democrats like Harry Reid are caving faster than a Massey-owned mine on the issue, which apparently erases from voters’ minds the mass joblessness that building more mosques would, in small part, ameliorate. There are even talks underway to relocate the center to a less sacred location–somewhere far far away from the strip club, McDonald’s and off track betting parlor that currently dignify Ground Zero.
Let’s face it: Sarah Palin’s Twitter account won.
The rate at which the ownership over “Ground Zero” has been claimed by right-wing bloggers and their support system (Fox News) is staggering. Why hallowed ground? Hallowed for whom?