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Sunday, August 29, 2010
NewsBusters Attacks Bloomberg for Something He Didn't Say
Topic: NewsBusters

An Aug. 27 NewsBusters post by Nathan Burchfiel carries the headline "Bloomberg: ‘100 Percent’ of 9/11 Families Support Ground Zero Mosque," and points out that "In fact, there are many 9/11 family members speaking out against building a mosque so close to Ground Zero."

But Bloomberg didn't say what Burchfiel insists he said.

Indeed, Burchfiel quotes Bloomberg accurately: "And the family members that I've talked to -- and I'm chairman of the board of the World Trade Center Memorial -- 100 percent in favor of saying, ‘These people, if they want to build a mosque, can build a mosque.'"

Note the words we highlighted. Bloomberg never said that all 9/11 families supported the Islamic center nearGround Zero -- he said that all of the 9/11 families he has talked to support it.

Bloomberg could fairly be criticized for falsely suggesting that all 9/11 families support the center, but that's not what Burchfiel does -- he misportrays Bloomberg's words as something he didn't say.

It's little dishonesties like this that keep the MRC from being taken seriously as media critics.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:49 AM EDT

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