Friday, August 20, 2010

How The Media Mediates Itself

From AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque
and I was wondering how that would play vis-a-vis Israel:

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 and then discussed the guidance and reaction in a Facebook entry headlined "Behind the News: Describing the proposed NYC mosque."

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...Associated Press writers Tom Hays in New York and Anne Flaherty in Washington contributed to this report:

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 can refer to the project as a mosque, or as a proposed Islamic center that includes a mosque.

So, is the Temple Mount to be the "Temple Mount"?

Is a Jewish community not a "settlement"?

Is a "militant" a terrorist?

Read the whole thing.

(Kippah tip: LA)

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