In other words, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is clearly a duck, but do not call it a duck. That is an order. However, according to the Associated Press, it is not an order just “guidance with assists” (code word for propaganda and marching orders) from AP’s NY and Washington bureaus.
“Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff about covering the New York City mosque story:
Aug. 19, 2010
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.
WE WILL CHANGE OUR SLUG ON THIS STORY LATER TODAY from ‘BC-Ground Zero Mosque’ to ‘BC-NYC Mosque.’
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
We can refer to the project as a mosque, or as a proposed Islamic center that includes a mosque.
It may be useful in some stories to note that Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace. The proposal is to create a new, larger Islamic community center that would include a mosque, a swimming pool, gym, auditorium and other facilities.
2. Here is a succinct summary of President Obama’s position:
Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center in New York as a matter of religious freedom, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it.
For additional background, you’ll find below a Fact Check on the project that moved yesterday.
After all, there is nothing like the media muddying the waters and since the Associated Press is so intent upon doing so, allow me to set the record straight thereby clearing the fog while exposing AP as a propaganda tool for the OBAMA administration.
The Cordoba Initiative, Cordoba Mosque aka “mosque at Ground Zero” or “Ground Zero mosque” is exactly that. This mosque is literally within a hair’s breadth of Ground Zero.
While it is true that the Ground Zero mosque is “two blocks away in a busy commercial area,” Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center where more than 3,000 innocent Americans died on September 11, 2001 is located within the very same “busy commercial area.”
The two locations are so intertwined that it takes only 3 ½ to 5 minutes to walk from Ground Zero to the Ground Zero mosque. As for the length of the two blocks, they are two extremely short blocks, so short that they constitute ¾, if that much of one whole city block. No amount of propaganda or tainting the facts will change this reality.
Calling the Ground Zero mosque the NYC Mosque is inappropriate because there are hundreds of mosques throughout New York City.
Let us also not forget that this building was also hit by one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center; therefore, the building is part of the Ground Zero site from which the Ground Zero mosque has rightfully earned its name.
The fact that Muslims have been praying at this site since 2009 emphasizes and puts on display their disdain and lack of respect for this country, its people and our laws. They are literally thumbing their noses at us as they celebrate their victory over “the Great Satan.”
There is no amount of word spin or rhetoric that will change the facts, nor will Obama’s propaganda, which is obviously at work here and from where the AP’s Washington Bureau is receiving their marching orders.
Oh yes, we can also call it the World Trade Center mosque but the Obama administration wants to distance the Ground Zero mosque from Ground Zero and the World Trade Center. Then move it to another location, build it elsewhere.