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Associated Press Orders No Pictures Shown of Burned Korans; Burned Christian Bibles, Not So Much; Update: Koran Burn Canceled

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By Doug Powers  •  September 9, 2010 04:17 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Hot off the press from the AP’s Department of Double Standards we find this:

09/09/2010

AP Press Release

Memo to AP staff from Standards Center: Guidance – planned Sept. 11 Quran burning

Colleagues,

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.
[…]
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.

Last year, the AP didn’t appear to think twice before showing pictures of burned Christian bibles:

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Update: Koran burn called off, AP photo editors’ weekend just got less stressful:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The anti-Muslim leader of a tiny Florida church backed off his threat to burn the Quran, defusing an international firestorm Thursday after he said he was promised that a planned Islamic center and mosque would be moved away from New York’s ground zero. The imam planning the center, however, quickly denied such a deal.

Throughout this whole flap, did you feel like the lunch meat of sanity unwillingly trapped between two slices of kookbread in a wacko sandwich? “An exercise in over-reaction” doesn’t begin to sum it up.

(h/t WZ)

**Written by Doug Powers

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