Palin to AP: It's 'Ground Zero mosque'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called out The Associated Press on Twitter Thursday for its decision to avoid the term "Ground Zero mosque" in its coverage.

She also knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting in an interview on Wednesday that the funding for the project's opponents merits scrutiny.

"Pelosi's investigation of Harry Reid&Howard Dean&others who oppose Ground Zero Mosque will be enlightening,we're sure," Palin began, noting a comment made by Pelosi during a radio interview that just as the public should know about the mosque's backers, so should they know who is funding its opponents.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are two high-profile Democrats who oppose the mosque in its proposed location.

Palin's tweet then continued with a shot at The Associated Press.

"(Note to AP: GZM term)," she said, emphasizing her use of "Ground Zero mosque" to refer to the project.

The AP had directed its staff in a memo earlier in the day not to use the term.

"The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area," wrote Tom Kent, the AP's deputy managing editor for standards and production. "We should continue to say it's 'near' ground zero, or two blocks away."

Palin had weighed in on the controversy on Aug. 14 with a series of tweets addressing President Obama.

"Mr. President, why are they so set on marking an area w/ mosque steps from what you described, in agreement with many, as 'hallowed ground'?" one read.

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