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June 28, 2004

NYT editorial on Moon Coronation

A June 27th editorial in the NYT reports that "News has just leaked of the loony event...". The loony event in question is the Coronation of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon as Messiah in a ceremony at the Dirsken Senate Office Complex.

Actually, John Gorenfeld broke the coronation story in the Gadflyer magazine on June 9. Still, better late than never.

[EDIT: Thad writes:"Okay, further investigation reveals that Gorenfeld's first weblog entry on the Moon coronation was on April 23 -- one month after the event. Which would make the Times a fashionable 65 days late to the party."]

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Actually, he broke the story (with pictures) back on May 03 on his blog. (In fact, he may even have blogged about it earlier, but it was this post, with the vidcaps from the coronation, that really dropped everyone's jaws.)

So, for those of you counting at home, the New York Times are a mere 55 days behind the blogosphere on this one. Shucks, that's not so bad, considering they have a large, well-paid Washington bureau, while John Gorenfeld is merely a guy with a blog and an internet connection.

Okay, further investigation reveals that Gorenfeld's first entry on the Moon coronation was on April 23 -- one month after the event. Which would make the Times a fashionable 65 days late to the party.

John Gorenfeld, early on, urged the Washington Post to run with the story. They briefly had a mention of it up on their website, but the reference was taken down and the paper did not eventually pick up the story until after John's article ran in Salon. My theory is that both the liberal and the conservative media were reluctant to run the story for different reasons. The liberal media were afraid that if they ran the story, they'd be accused of picking on a religious minority; the Unification Church is always quick to cry "bigotry!" whenever they are criticized. The conservative media were reluctant to run the story because of their fondness for Moon's arch-conservative Washington Times. Either way, they only finally got around to running the story when it was all over the Internet and could no longer be ignored. I am a former follower of Sun Myung Moon and I am familiar with Moon's deceptive tactics. I even once sold Moon's short-lived New York newspaper on the streets of Manhattan. By the way, my memoir about my experiences in the Unification Church, titled Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, is available through Amazon.com or from my website, http://www.moonbook.com.

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