Friday, August 20, 2010

AP Propaganda Corps provides Journolistas with guidelines on Ground Zero Mosque "reporting"

From Robert McCain, on a directive from the AP Propaganda Corps Headquarters staff:
AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque

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.” ...
Read the rest at either of the links above. Gotta make sure any rogue news reporters conform to the News Collective's "standards", er, propaganda mission. It's not the "Ground Zero Mosque", it's merely the "NYC Mosque". Helpfully, the Propaganda Corps guidance also includes a summary of Dear Leader Obama's position on the mosque.

One wonders why we need reporters distributed in the field at all -- the Propaganda Corps / Ministry of Truth Headquarters could simply write the story for them. That way there's no chance that any wayward dissenting opinions might sneak in and muck up the official party line.

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