- By David KennerDavid Kenner is the Middle East editor at Foreign Policy. He is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and has been with FP since 2009 (a long time, he knows). He worked for FP previously in Cairo, where he covered the early days of the Arab Spring, and before that in Washington. He has attended Georgetown University and the American University of Beirut and has reported from Libya, Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq.
The American media has refrained all day from echoing Haaretz‘s report that the leaders of the Cordoba Initiative, which is planning to construct an Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, “will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site.” And for good reason: The Haaretz story only said that its report had been confirmed by “sources in New York,” which really only narrows it down to approximately 8 million people.
The official Twitter account of Park51, the developer constructing the center, has now stepped in to deny the story. “Reports by Haaretz are completely false,” tweeted @Park51. “We are committed to plans of building Park 51 to serve the community of Lower Manhattan.
Score one for American media. And cross Haaretz off your list of sources for news on this story.