AP Issues ‘Mosque’ Advisory

08.20.10 Bucky Turco

The Associated Press issued a memo on Thursday about a certain location in lower Manhattan where Muslims will gather and wants journalists to basically avoid lying like other media outlets, even in the “slugs.”

“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.”