Anatomy of a political scandal

There is no mosque being built on the site of Ground Zero. It’s a simple fact, but one that news consumers can be forgiven for missing.

In covering the growing controversy over the proposed Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, the national media, led by the big cable networks, have by default shaped the increasingly heated debate by repeatedly referring to the project as the “Ground Zero mosque.” An MSNBC spokesman said that describing the project is a “show-by-show decision,” while a CNN spokesperson said the network guides anchors in written copy to refer to the project as “an Islamic center that includes a mosque that is near Ground Zero, or is two blocks from Ground Zero.” Of course, political pundits may stray from the network’s phrasing and inaccurately describe the location of the planned building at the center of the furor.

Thanks goes to Joseph Finn for pointing me to this article since I don’t normally read anything on Yahoo.

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