msnbc | September 12, 2012
>>> the california man who made this film about the profit mohammed that sparked the protest has gone into hiding. that man to the left promoting the movie is florida pastor, terry jones , and he had a history of provocative acts against islam . explain the connection of pastor jones to this, and why he is involved with this film?
>> he is the 59-year-old pastor in rural florida of gainesville, a small church, and if they have 50 members that would be a lot. he has found a way to make his voice known around the world through the internet before and that's possible what happened here again today. we are attempting to speak to him directly. there's a crew with him setting up to do an interview, but so far we have not actually spoken to pastor terry jones . yesterday he had on 9/11, what he called international judge mohammed day, and on this day he not only held with a small group of his parishioners, but had a live stream on the internet where he showed about a 13-minute promotional clip of this movie. now, because in the past he has been able to get international attention, it's possible that his broadcast or his stream on the internet captured the attention in the islamic world . he stated on his website that the fact that angry protesters climbed the wall at the u.s. embassy in cairo, ripped down the american flag and tore it apart further indicates the lack of respect that islam has for any other religion. he says the movie is to show the destructive ideology of islam . that's going back to what he has effectively done before. if we go back to 2010 , he wanted to burn the koran. there was so much outrage built-up internationally because of his claim, it took a phone call from barack obama to stop it. but then in 2011 , he did actually burn those korans, and he posted that video on the internet and in kandahar, afghanistan, there was such a violent reaction, nine people killed and 81 injured. so he is this small voice of a very small church in a very tucked away part of florida who has found a way to get a mega phone through the internet and capture -- and in this case, perhaps encourage, the outrage of a movie that really was obscure.
>> when we talk about the obscurity of the movie, i have seen part of clips from the film, and it looks so low budget , nothing that can be believed to be a highly produced blockbuster that may have been miss construed to people within egypt and libya, to think it was a propaganda film to hit movie theaters on september 11th , but did you say there was a crew with him now?
>> yeah, they are setting up with him right now. he agreed to do an interview. we have an nbc producer also there and is going to ask questions as well. we are not going to show that live, even if we have the satellite capabilities, because i would like to hear what he has to say. remember what he said so far has been so inflammatory in the past, it's better to listen to it a little bit and understand and put into some context what he is saying. quite frankly, it's a little hard to determine how much influence he had in this or not. we do know in the past he has had a voice because of the ability to have a mega phone affect on the internet.
>> when we talk about the filmmaker, the original filmmaker, do we know how they got hooked up?
>> we don't know what the relationship is between the two of them. we hope to know. it may be simply shared ideology.
>> kerry sanders , we appreciate it.