This coverage of an anti-sharia march in Harrisburg checked off so many of the groupthink boxes, I wondered: how long's our girl been at the reporter game?
There isn't room for hate anymore': Unity rally, protests held in opposition to anti-Sharia march
The "Harrisburg March against Sharia" drew about 30 protesters to the capitol on Saturday, but not everyone opposing the march showed up on State Street.
More than a mile away, about 200 community members gathered in a unity rally at the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center on Third Street. The event featured singing and speeches from various faith and community leaders.
Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson, Goodwin's senior pastor, said they wanted to "show a sign of support" for the community against the anti-Sharia march. There was such a strong showing of support, they had to bring out extra chairs to seat everybody, he said.
"It was a peaceful expression of unity against expressions of anti-unity," he said. "There isn't room for hate anymore. We have to learn to get along."Nora Shelley, it turns out, hasn't been out there long. She's a student at Northwestern, where the journalism school, like those at Columbia, MU and a few others, churns out would-be MSMers aiming for glory.
The unity rally was organized by the Community Responders Network, a Harrisburg-based anti-hate group. Ann Van Dyke, who helped organize the event, said the energy in the room was positive.
"So often, counter protests are focused on hating them more than they hate us," she said. "Our event didn't want anything to do with hate, it was about affirming equality and nonviolence."
The "Harrisburg March Against Sharia" was planned by ACT for America, who call themselves the "NRA of national security" and are classified as an anti-Muslim extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group planned similar events in cities across the country Saturday. [More]
Our girl is on her way. Dean Baquet, take note.
In the story, Shelley does not name or quote a single person associated with ACT for America. She relies exclusively upon the Southern Poverty Law Center for a quick, one-phrase dismissal of the group.
But there are plenty of quotes from the anti-anti-sharia protesters, loving descriptions, names, settings, etc.
The questions unasked:
I want to know so much more. Not just about the "hate march", but about Nora Shelley.