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August 24, 2010

Associated Press Tells Staff: 'Don't Call the Ground Zero Mosque the Ground Zero Mosque

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

The Associated Press is clearly picking sides in the Ground Zero Mosque controversy by having it's Standards Center issue a staff advisory on how to cover the Ground Zero Mosque (hat tip - Clifton at Another Black Conservative):

Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We've very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it's "near ground zero, or two blocks away."

In short headlines, some ways to refer to the project include:

_ mosque 2 blocks from WTC site

_ Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site

_ mosque near ground zero

_ mosque near WTC site [MORE]

As Clifton aptly points out, if the AP is worried about the connotations from the name "Ground Zero Mosque" then they are a day late and a dollar short - that horse left the barn a long time ago, and the name "Ground Zero Mosque" is already part of the American lexicon.

Posted by Abdul at August 24, 2010 8:08 PM



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