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Obama praises Islam, calls for Mideast peace
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama ended his trip to Muslim Turkey on Tuesday by calling for peace and dialogue with Islam and the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.
This was a reasonably well written article! I liked it.
But, its title was a rather sickening bit of manipulative propaganda, was it not? Where in the article is there even a real hint of Obama praising Islam?
Please stop doing this! Let people speak for themselves, and stick to reporting! Especially our leaders.
This story was a wrap-up of the visit, one of a number of stories we did while he was there. I agree that if we put that headline on the piece there should have been material backing it up in the story, but the facts in the headline were accurate. Here is a quote from Obama:
“I also want to be clear that America’s relationship with the Muslim work cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaeda. Far from it. We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, bridge misunderstanding, and seek common ground.
“We will be respectful, even when we do not agree. And we will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better including my own country. The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country I know, because I am one of them.”
U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a town hall meeting with students at the Tophane Cultural Center in Istanbul April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed