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Friday, August 20, 2010

Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam Chief Promoter Labeled Controversial Mosque "Ground Zero Mosque' : AP Wrong

Big Peace fact checks the AP, who recently instructed their writers to not refer to the controversial mosque proposed to be built two blocks from Ground Zero as the "Ground Zero Mosque".

They ignore the very fact that Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam chief promoter of the mosque, labeled that very way.

AP’s Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production, Tom Kent, sent this “guidance” out to his colleagues yesterday, with inputs from Chad Roedemeier in the New York bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington: “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.”

Interestingly, among those who formerly used the now-proscribed descriptor “Ground Zero mosque” is none other than Feisal Abdul Rauf, its imam and chief promoter. He called it that even though the proposed venue has always been two blocks away from the World Trade Center site.

Big Peace continues on to fact check the rest of the AP claims and provides links showing their attempt to rewrite the facts to match their own agenda.

Read it all.

AP gets a failing grade.