Well now Ace of Spades took it a step further, taking a wider look at how other news agencies are similarly downplaying the alarming statistic with headlines that spin the results positively.
It's worth the read, although I have noticed that at least one headline has changed since Ace's post:
Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs has identified a rather interesting phenomenon at Yahoo this morning.
As the website reported on the results of a just-released Pew Research Center survey of Muslim Americans, the headline continued to change:
One hour and 52 minutes ago, the headline was:
Thirty-five minutes ago, the same story was re-released:
Will it change again? The second headline is actually less politically correct than the first, so stay tuned...
And here’s the fabulous punch line:
If the six men charged with planning to attack Fort Dix a few weeks ago all had ties to mosques in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, would this be newsworthy?
Well, America’s press outlets didn’t seem to think so, for with little exception, this bit of information went largely unreported.
In fact, according to Google news and LexisNexis searches, the only major outlet to report both mosques involved was the New York Times on May 14, albeit page one of Section B (h/t WOR’s Steve Malzberg, emphasis added):