The Associated Press has a “Standards Center”?

Posted by: ST on August 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Unsurpisingly, the Associated Press has advised its staff NOT to call the Ground Zero mosque … the Ground Zero mosque (via):


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.


In short headlines, some ways to refer to the project include:

_ mosque 2 blocks from WTC site
_ Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site
_ mosque near ground zero
_ mosque near WTC site

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

It may be useful in some stories to note that Muslim prayer services have been held since 2009 in the building that the new project will replace. The proposal is to create a new, larger Islamic community center that would include a mosque, a swimming pool, gym, auditorium and other facilities.

Hmm. Almost sounds like a Democrat talking point release. Anyway …

The biggest thing I got out of this news was not that they were going to stop calling something for what it was, but the fact that the AP has something called a “Standards Center” in the first place. Coulda fooled me.

Doug Powers has issued a call for people to come up with alternative terms the AP can use for the Space Formerly Known As The Ground Zero Mosque. Rush calls it the “Hamasque.” What are your ideas?

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12 Responses to “The Associated Press has a “Standards Center”?”


  1. kay2the2nd says:

    Victory MOSK at Ground Zero… since they consider their destruction of the twin towers a huge victory.

    MOSK – Ministry of Sadistic Kulture

  2. Zippy says:

    Standards Center = Marketing Strategy = Shameless Propaganda and other frivolous hyperbole meant to brainwash and sway people from the very truth they are trying to mask.

  3. Chris says:

    I wonder if the Center is located in the White House..

  4. tess-tess says:

    well now if some of the terrorist airplane fell
    upon this particular piece of property – I do think
    that is can actually be called ‘ground zero’!

    The pettiness of saying you will not call it
    ‘GROUND ZERO’ shows a definite lack of understanding of the People of this country.

    It is similar to you getting upset when we tell you that OBAMA IS INEPT! Yet, the entire world
    knows how true it is now. The man has no brain
    along with no sense of honor.

  5. TexasDoc says:

    Of course AP has “standards”. They are lower than a lead sinker on the bottom of the Marianas Trench, but they are “standards”.

  6. Carlos says:

    I think Chris is on the right track, since that is where the AP takes their marching orders from.

    And who stopped the use of “Cordoba Center?” That, more than anything else, was the true explanation of what this so-called “mosque” was all about.

    Read up on your Spanish history, folks, then start delving into the use of sharia law to subjugate women and make them a little less than animals. It has been happening for centuries beyond a millennium, and it’s time for the elitist arrogancia to recognize that women are not considered human in that socio-economic system.

    Unless, of course, that is what the arrogancia wants!

  7. RK says:

    How about the “9-11 Celebration Center”

  8. James says:

    I think we should come up with a name for what we call the AP’s Standards Center. How about the Almost Professional’s How Do We Dupe the Rubes Again Talking Points?

  9. Jo says:

    Who believes the propoganda and crap the AP puts out anymore? I read our local Spartanburg Herald Journal at my Dad’s on Sunday evenings and it is either laughable or infuriating. The faster newspapers are a thing of the past, the better.

  10. Kate says:

    Amen to that Jo…readership is sinking fast, so they grab a piece of propaganda that they think is going to last. The weekends at the White House didn’t turn out like they planned. The things they count for knowledge I just can’t understand…to paraphrase Steely Dan.

  11. ORPO1 says:

    I am truly amazed at the idea that the AP may actually possess anything that resembles standards to begin with.

  12. New Reader says:

    Just found this site and will be a regular.

    The AP Standards Center name is actually quite fitting as is…. their same Left Leaning, Double Standards that have been in play for decades.