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How the Associated Press burned Muslims
by Seth Lipsky
Maybe the Muslim community in New Jersey should sue the Associated Press. The wire service won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage exposing the surveillance of the Muslim community that was done by the NYPD after 9/11 — but a federal judge seems to think there were some unintended consequences.
Muslims in Jersey complained of feeling the effects of the surveillance only after it became widely known that the NYPD was doing it there in the first place. Several filed suit against New York City, complaining, as the judge summarized it, that the surveillance caused "a series of spiritual, stigmatic and pecuniary losses."
This presents a novel problem for the press. I've been working for newspapers for decades and haven't seen a situation quite like it. The AP no doubt felt it was trying to help the Muslim community that was being spied upon — but it ended up compounding their problem.
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