POSTED: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 6:58pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 9:22pm
Here's one for you.
Starting today, the Associated Press, a news service this newsroom subscribes to, has ordered it's staff to 'Stop Using the Phrase "Ground Zero Mosque"'
This from Newsbusters.
In an unusual move, the Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo 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.
Here is the plan now for the AP. "We should continue to avoid the phrase 'Ground zero mosque' or 'mosque at ground zero' on all platforms,"
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.
And you think the national press hasn't taken sides on the mosque issue?