Theodore's World: AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’ ~ OK I Call It Obama-Mosque!

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August 20, 2010

AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’ ~ OK I Call It Obama-Mosque!


AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’

In an unusual move, the Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo [1] to its reporters on how to cover of the Ground Zero mosque story - and the first rule is that journalists must immediately stop calling it the "Ground Zero mosque" story.

"We should continue to avoid the phrase ‘Ground zero mosque' or ‘mosque at ground zero' on all platforms," reads the advisory, which was issued by the AP's Standards Center.

Instead of the "Ground Zero mosque," AP recommends that reporters use the terms "mosque 2 blocks from WTC site," "Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site," "mosque near ground zero," or "mosque near WTC site."

The AP suggests that it might "useful in some stories to note that Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace." In addition, the news service offers a "succinct summary of President Obama's position" on the mosque, but doesn't include the positions of any other politicians.

Also included in the advisory is a "Fact Check" to provide "additional background" for reporters.

"A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates - mostly Republicans - despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood," reads the first paragraph of the Fact Check. "And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less than 80 feet from where terrorists attacked. And that the imam who's being branded an extremist has been valued by both Republican and Democratic administrations as a moderate face of the faith."

One of the "facts" that the AP feels the need to "clarify" is that Ground Zero mosque organizer Feisal Abdul Rauf is a moderate Muslim.

"Rauf counts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the Clinton administration as a friend and appeared at events overseas or meetings in Washington with former President George W. Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and Bush adviser Karen Hughes," says the article, though it does also mention briefly Rauf's comments about America being an "accessory" to the Sept. 11 attacks.

The advisory also "fact checks" pure opinion statements made by conservatives, like former House Speaker Newt Gringrich's assertion that "America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization."

"Such opinions are shared by some Americans, while others are more reluctant to paint the religion with a broad brush and more welcoming of the faith in this country," reads the Fact Check. "Bush, himself, while criticized at the time for stirring suspicions about American Muslims, traveled to a Washington mosque less than a week after the attacks to declare that terrorism is ‘not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.'"


Wild Thing's comment.......

Heard in the hallways......"Calling it the Ground Zero Mosque is hurting democrats! Quick, quick, find something else to call it"......just guessing.

Repackage and resell, it’s the progressive way!

These jerks don’t even make any pretense about story manipulation and outright lying regarding stories they cover.

"mosque 2 blocks from WTC site," "Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site,"

This seems to imply that the WTC still exists... They were destroyed ..HELLO !!!!!!

Okay, lets help out:

Roach Motel?

Cultural Propaganda and Outreach Center?

Babylon West?

In a Pig’s Eye, Quisinesta Complex?

09/11 Celebration Hall?

Center For: Here’s a Thumb in Your Eye, Infidels?

Center For: Screw You Americans, and Your Dead Relatives Too?

Center For: Sharia Implementation?

Burlington Coat Factory Jihadist Gathering Place

I’m sure there are literally thousands of more accurate names to be used.

I am so glad I can see November from the woods at our home.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 20, 2010 01:49 AM


Obama's Non-Moslem Mosque

Posted by: Marvin at August 20, 2010 09:21 AM

Ok how about Hammasosque!!

Posted by: Gator at August 20, 2010 10:22 AM

Lower Manhattan Martyr-Memorial Jihad Conquest Mosque (and Rec Center)

Posted by: Anonymous at August 20, 2010 10:27 AM

On second thought... Hormel Spam Cannery #17 might be better, actually.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 20, 2010 10:32 AM

C-4 Magnet

Posted by: Eddie (anti-Obama) at August 20, 2010 11:39 AM

If he's such a damn moderate why don't he move the damn thing.

Moderate my ass he's a radical like the rest of them.

Posted by: Mark at August 20, 2010 03:27 PM

A vile venue,

a gathering place for these miserable, rag headed, heathen, miscreant bastards, their supporters, and their associated


Posted by: Carlos at August 21, 2010 12:48 AM