What Came Before The Nashville Hate Incident
As readers know, I've been following the rather moving story about how an ugly slogan was daubed on a local mosque in Nashville, after which a local man was so offended he immediately grabbed some paint to remove it and the local community rallied around. I thought it helped dispel some stereotypes about the South and the inherent decency and tolerance of most Americans. Andrew Exum brings to my attention the following news story which ran just before the incident. It's about as meretricious a piece of news journalism - "Are there Muslim terrorists in our midst? You Decide!" - that deserves wider attention. It was crafted by a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism.
More journalism analysis here. (For some reason, my attempt to embed the clip keeps failing. You can view it here.)