Backing the mosque?

August 17, 2010

Obama backs controversial New York mosque project

USA-NEWYORK/MOSQUEWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York — a project opposed by conservatives and many New Yorkers.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

It is flat-out dishonest to have a title that says “Obama backs controversial New York mosque project” but it is drawn directly from the dishonest story itself.

To reassert someone’s right to do something, is not the same as backing the specific project they choose to do. Are the reporters truly that stupid or is Reuters now a subsidiary of Drudge? You are doing his work for him. Pathetic.


Several readers felt the headline went too far in describing Obama’s position on the issue. But the quotes in the story itself accurately described the president’s stand: GBU Editor

The lower Manhattan building that will possibly house the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center is seen in New York August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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In the original transcript the President specifically mentions “lower Manhattan.” You might want to ignore this, but to many people targeting a specific location pinpoints the exact location of the mosque in question. So, yes, it does put the President in the stance of backing the project.

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