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CNN covered interfaith call to oppose Koran burning. Who didn't?

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(Read caption) Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism speaks alongside Bishop Mark Sisk of the Episcopal Church's Bishop of New York and Ingrid Mattson president of the Islamic Society of North America during a press conference in Washington Tuesday on the emerging atmosphere of fear surrounding the New York Muslim Community Center debate.

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Despite the passions stirred by the Islamic center near ground zero and a plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11, cable news outlets showed limited interest Tuesday afternoon in a press conference where church leaders from a variety of faiths called for a united religious front against perceived examples of Islamophobia.

The Islamic Society of North America organized a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington where leaders from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths argued against what organizers called “an atmosphere of fear and intolerance” toward Islam.

C-SPAN and CNN carried the interfaith press conference live. Fox News Channel had no live coverage, but instead had commentator Lou Dobbs holding forth on President Obama and the “sad isolated state this president has put himself in.” Meanwhile, rather than live coverage, MSNBC offered talking heads discussing Mr. Obama’s latest plans to spur the economy.


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