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AP Won’t Report Korans Being Burned

From an Associated Press ‘guidance’ memo posted at Poynter Online:

AP Mon Sep 6, 8:10 AM ET

Afghan protesters step on a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010.

Standards Center guidance: Planned Sept. 11 Quran burning

From: Kent, Tom
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 11:53 AM
Subject: Standards Center guidance: Planned Sept. 11 Quran burning


As you know, a group known as the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has announced that it intends to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

In the runup to this event, we’ve seen a rush of stories, photos and video from points around the world. Let’s keep our coverage in proportion. Although many are speculating on the effect the Quran burning could conceivably have, at the moment it’s a proposal by a tiny group that may or may not happen.

We plan ONE main spot story on this issue a day. The News Center will coordinate where this story will originate from. Routine spot news — for instance, comments about the plan by political or other public figures — should be funneled to the point handling the main story. We should avoid a profusion of separates beyond what any newspaper, website or broadcaster would actually use. This includes stories, photos, audio and video that repeatedly make the same point, for or against the burning. Consult the News Center if you have questions on this.

In case you ever wondered how our news is controlled. Remember, the United States now only has one real wire service — the AP.

The concept of this planned event is offensive to many Muslims worldwide. National leaders and spokesmen for other religious denominations have also found the plan repugnant.

Should the event happen on Saturday, the AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned, and will not provide detailed text descriptions of the burning. With the exception of these specific images and descriptions, we expect to cover the Gainesville event, in all media, placing the actions of this group of about 50 people in a clear and balanced context.

AP policy is not to provide coverage of events that are gratuitously manufactured to provoke and offend.

Did the Associated Press cover the 9/11 attacks? How about when the Iraqi threw his shoe at President Bush? Hell, if the AP actually followed this policy they would not have report half of the stories they cover.

Perhaps the AP means that they will “not provide coverage of the events that are gratuitously manufactured to provoke and offend” anyone but Americans.

In the past, AP has declined to provide images of cartoons mocking Islam and Jews.

But it would seem they have no such problems when it comes to Christians.

AP has often declined to provide images, audio or detailed descriptions of particularly bloody or grisly scenes, such as the sounds and moments of beheadings and shootings, displays of severed heads on pikes and images of hostages who are displayed by hostage-holders in an effort to intimidate their adversaries and advance their cause.

And yet the self same AP has no problem publishing videos and news reports about American soldiers being held hostage by the Taliban, even when the families involved have begged them not to.

(Though, to be fair, they withheld such information when it involved a captured New York Times reporter.)

Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

So we have noticed.

From time to time, a member or customer will insist that we distribute offensive material to them so they can make the decision about whether or not to publish it. We’ve had to make clear that a decision to distribute, for us, is the same as a decision to publish for them. We must adhere to our own standards.

Posted at 1:25 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

AP Fri Sep 10, 8:18 AM ET

Protesters burn a U. S. flag to condemn the intention of a small American church to burn copies of the Quran, in Multan, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

So even a once proud news service is once again knuckling under to threats from terrorists.

Mind you, a free press is supposed to be the watchdogs of our freedom. It’s even written into the Constitution.

Our founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson who fought two wars against the Muslim terrorists of his day rather than pay them tribute, must be spinning like tops in their hallowed graves.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “AP Won’t Report Korans Being Burned”

  1. swee says:

    The AP’s blatant bias is insulting to Christians, particularly those who risk their lives to worship at local churches in the Middle East and Africa.

    I think it’s time for American newspapers to ditch the highly politicized AP – even if it means scant foreign coverage. Even a story written and reported here is likely to be more accurate than one filed in the Middle East, Europe, etc. by the Associated Press.
    Only when the bottom line suffers will the AP notice. Wait. The AP is a non-profit, is not? They’re waiting for government funding, hence the over-the-top Obama fawning and mad props.
    They’re only waiting for their hand out because it belongs to them.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    To the AP:

    The first step is admitting that you have a problem.

    Now that you’ve done that, real healing can begin.
    But in your case, probably not so much.

  3. proreason says:

    Dear AP:

    Arrogant Twits


  4. RightWinger says:

    The AP does not report news, it creates it!

    They even have stooped to putting out a press release saying its not their fault this whole non-event erupted into a firestorm.


    It’s the fault of Twitter!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yup, as Rush pointed out yesterday and I was completely unaware, that none of this would be such a big deal had the AP not picked up on it. Some podunk town’s church with a very small congregation decided to burn some qeew-raahhhns. So what?



      But…in the interest of how it would put a clothespin on the emotional nipples of the average reader…it’s “great stuff”.

      Inquiring minds want to know….right?

      How, since the 70’s, ALL newspapers have adopted the emotional prodding of tabloids.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “It’s the fault of Twitter!”

      How predictable. Blame the competitor, the New Media. Blame decentralization. Blame Freedom and Progress.

      They’ve been reading themselves too much.

      Citizen-journalism via instant communication is renewing the 4th Estate from a pit of anxiety-driven 24/7 sensational aggitation to the safeguard of liberty as envisioned (messy and in a state of evolving structure as it curently is). Instant facts from people not looking out for their career interest run counter to a propaganda network whose business model is controlling the debate.

      The Left knew that if we found our roots here on the Internet that they would have to take regulative control over it for it’d be a power they’d never have again (like the MSM). It’s ironic because back even as close as 2008 the professional nerds still bragged that they were Kings and Queens of new media organizing, and largely quited the dying mainstream’s attempts to force a Net Neutrality bill when it might’ve been succesfully slipped in.

  5. oldpuppydixie says:

    Surely it is understood that the American left has found KINSMEN in the Religion of Peace. Both groups have nothing but contempt for the United States and the American people; both wish to destroy the nation and then claim it as their own; neither can afford to be honest about their true beliefs and agenda. The AP, CNN, NBC, The White House, the current congress–all have FAR more in common with Islamofascists than with actual Americans!

    • proreason says:

      The Ruling Class is allied with Radical Islam and also with the European Elitists. Its as clear as the nose on our faces.

      BY FAR the most dangerous threat is the Ruling Class. Once they are removed, Radical Islam can be routed in a year if we choose, or at a more leisurely pace if the economy is addressed first. If the economy is first, Iran, of course, has to be neutralized until we get around to Islam. Europe will follow suit, but if they don’t, why bother. Let them rot.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Good point pro. The international Ruling Classes do seem to have more sympathy towards eachother than they do their respective oppositions, and will aid eachother to perpetuate a smear or template or whatever.

      The European people are just starting to wake up to the fact that a near decade of America-bashing anti-war mongering mult-cultural environmental elitism hasn’t bought them anything but disaster. They might not be on the path to pure free markets, but they’re recognizing a bigger problem and it’s getting less PC all the time. They’ve been invaded.

      Who knows if that means there’s hope for them on rejoining the fight with us against Islamis Mortem. Continuing down Austerity and reconciling with us maybe the only way to save their prescious EU. There’ll be opportunity there and if their isn’t a change in attitude, I agree to let them rot. However for us, for once in this millenia we’re not compelled to oblige their naivety and ignorant bile for the sake of our “international image.”

    • proreason says:

      tn: it seems to me all of the recent hubub about Arizona and Islam is a deliberate strategy to distract the people from the real threat….Obamy and the Ruling Class.

      Obviously, the outrageousness of Border Security, the GZM and the Koran Burning is attention grabbing, but in the greater scheme of things, they are extremely minor events.

      While those mirrors flash in our eyes, the subversion of the country continues apace.

      Every minute of every day, Obamy does more damage to this country than all of the Terrorists in the world do in a year. I mean no disrespect to the heroes who protect us from Islamic Terrorists. A good part of the reason for the greater danger posed by the Moron is because of the magnificant job those heroes do.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I agree. The bigotry narrative was the last political bullet in the gun, and they’ve managed to nuance it all through the Summer by hitting at the direct nerves of America’s heart. It’s certainly a distraction to keep the heat off the Economy, which is auto-piloting off the cliff, and executive power grabs.

      I disagree slightly about the border though. It maybe one of our biggest vulnerabilities. I don’t think we know half the story of how much the Islamists have co-opted into the cartel anarchy, but we’re seeing the familiar signs of brutality. It sounds like they’re pouring in here almost unchecked. Fatalistic fear #1 is that the Obama Presidency in it’s hari-kari is going to go the way of enabling the Grand Jihad.

      Fatalistic fear #2 is that the multi-national puppet-masters have been using their megalith Goldman-Sachs and the flooded T-Bill market to rig equities and finances to explode at their command. Memories of the Flash Crash and a crazy theory that it was a test run.

      Other than that, I see some attempts to crowd the 1st Ammendment (Julian Assange, GZM, Koran Burning.. look how they’ve warped all three issues into a National Security vs. Censorship triangle that skews all political/ideological lines.. and then there’s Righthaven), but otherwise this is a totally impotent regime. If the Ruling Class is just bluffing and really is on their heels, then Obama’s only choice to regain a sliver of political capital would be to finally triangulate and extend the Bush cuts for 2 years like Orzag said – IMO that’d actually be the October Surprise.

      His Presidency is already in shambles – if he isn’t going to pivot to hardliner then he has to start worrying about keeping his post for the rest of his term. After bringing us so close to the brink, I don’t think he can accept that his legacy will be that he returned us right back to what he sought to crush.

      Edit: Ammended October possibilities.

    • Right of the People says:

      It seems kind of ironic that we’ve come full circle from just a couple hundred years when most of the world was ruled by monarchies based on heredity. We now have monarchies based on political beliefs with the ruling class spouting the old “Do what I say, not what I do.” line in their dealings with the peasants.

      We told King George to take a flying leap, we can tell King Barry to do the same.

    • proreason says:

      re the Border and the magnitude of that problem.

      If Americans were sitting in the congress and the White House, I would put it very high on the list of problems.

      With the Moron in charge, all ‘problems’ fall into two tiers. The top tier is getting rid of him.

      Everything else is minor in comparison.

      Moreover, most of the ‘problems’ the country faces, like border security, Islam, the deficit, and Medicare are ONLY PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF THE RULING CLASS / MARXISTS.

      Get rid of the ruling class and the ‘problems’ can be solved in a year.
      (1) a fence and 10,000 National Guard on the border with orders to shoot to kill. Bleeding stopped in a month. Guard reduced to a few thousands after the fence is built
      (2) Islam – tell Iran we are going to destroy Tehran if they don’t give up nukes, tell Saudi Arabia we are going to destroy Riyahd if they don’t stop funding Wahabi, and tell Pakistan we are going to destroy Islamabad if they don’t shut down the Taliban. Worst case, we have to destroy one of them. Best case, problem solved in 1 month.
      (3) the deficit – cut taxes, then eliminate departments until receipts exceed expenditures. Takes about a year.
      (4) Medicare – migrate to an insurance system instead of government run healthcare. Takes a few years, but savings begin immediately.
      (5) and on down the list

      Again, the only thing ‘hard’ about any of these problems is the arrogant criminals who are gaming them to expand their wealth and power. Watch Chris Christie. He isn’t having any problems at all. He just doesn’t pay attention to their bullshit. Simple.

  6. jimreport says:

    Well, with the AP out they shant be worrying about copywrite infringment from the last reporters left covering it – the bloggers.

  7. wardmama4 says:

    They aren’t called Associated (with Terrorists) Press for nothing. Keep on proving it each and every day.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  8. jimreport says:

    If I’m not mistaken its a complete news blackout on the koran burning on television. I got the impression flipping through the channels watching the talking heads pre-evening news that they were trying hard not to mention a word about it.

    Media must have realized that their plan (whatever it was) had backfired. You have a story that broke in the main stream media simultaneously, and apparently worldwide since protest were practically already happening as it broke which is atypical for a story like this IMO. This one should have come up through the chattering classes. Then we go to bed, and today they treat it like it never happened.

    WOW – if the media coordination wasn’t so scary I’d be impressed..

  9. Mithrandir says:

    I thought of the SAME THINGS you all did when I read this: Since when does the AP have any standards on decency?”

    ~When it’s Muslims acting crazy, the AP tells us it’s our fault.

    ~When Americans RESPOND to Muslim craziness, the AP insists they have a moral right not to report it.

  10. canary says:

    The Dove preacher just arrived in NYC. He may be provoked to burn his qurans in NYC as the mosque crooks say they will not meet with him, as he requested.

    “…Thomas Jefferson who fought two wars against the Muslim terrorists”

    but, you see Obama said that Jefferson had “a” quran in his office, but left out thousands of books on Christianity, even implying Jefferson didn’t believe in God, though it’s clear in the Declaration of Independence that Jefferson recognized one God who we were all made in his image and equal in his eyes.
    Of course it only takes 1 quran to understand the sect. The lie that radicals have changed the quran in recent times is not so.

    I am watching Obama on C-Span. Though he has the reporters he appoints to ask questions are bringing up the failures, Obama is uh, and rambling on, looking down at notes.

    The most stunning was a reporter asking him why terrorism in growing in America, Obama replied this is just a myth do to Americans feeling more fearful. Total denial, blaming it on American’s imaginations. \\

    Also, he has great news for the rich. They will at least still be allowed to make 250,000 as the middle class, and even from 100,000 up to 1 million a year.

    He has a new hair dye job, too. At first I thought it was an old clip.
    Meanwhile, Glen Beck show’s has been doing more exposure type shows. Shocking. And sure enough he said he did wear a bullet proof vest at his America recovery.

    Anyways, these reporters are really socking it to him, and his answers are getting all choppy, long pauses between each word and uh. He’s like the energizer bunny whose battery is failing.

    • jimreport says:

      Thanks for that report.I won’t watch him, or listen to him speak, or even focus on a photo of him. He also is the only person in my lifetime whose name I will not say or type and haven’t since election day. I call him anything but his supposed name, usually he’s just “Zero”, The Kenyan, or ‘The President’ (in polite company) and 20 other names at random. Near as I can tell it’s an idiosyncratic condition. Not derangment syndrome like the BDS victims. They watched Bush like a hawk, and seemingly loved saying his name. Can’t be racism because as hard as it is for those on the left to believe is possible someones race doesn’t even register in my mind and rarely ever has. Even with him, someone mentions his race and its like, oh yea thats right. Hell, Clarence Thomas out blacks that 65 IQ metro-pantywaist by a mile. He makes Zero look like Eddy Haskle, and I’d not only support him 100%, my instinct would be to pummel any leftist scumbag who trashed him to my face. Thomas has more intelligence & competence than the entire dem party combined. Or as they used to say, he forgot more than you’ll ever know :)

  11. Tater Salad says:

    Will the AP report this story? I doubt it!

    Muslims have now set up “International Burn American Flag Day 2010″ for 9/11 2010.

    Isn’t this swell? Radical Muslim nutjobs have set up a “Demonstration” organized by Muslims Against Crusades in response to ‘Burn the Quran Day’ on 9/11. This one is set to take place in London, England. Filthy hypocrites. Why not just burn pictures of nutty pastor Terry Jones? No one would mind if they did that. Actually, these Muslims would probably be applauded. I’ll say one thing for this Terry Jones character. He has sure exposed the hypocrisy of Muslims and American progressives on this whole “burning the Koran” issue. That being said, he is still a nut, looking for his 15 minutes of day. Will Muslims worldwide “rise-up” and protest like they have been doing when the Burn the Koran Day was announced. I doubt it. Hypocrites!


    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      And you expected something different to happen? I believe exposing the hypocrisy was Rev. Jones intent in the first place.

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