The Wall Street Journal and the case of the not-so-mysterious mosque

This Wall Street Journal article is trying really hard to find something sinister in the story of a recently constructed mosque in Nicaragua. The piece leads by reporting that the "ever-present Managua rumor mill" is suggesting that the Iranian government may have paid for it, since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a close ally of President ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.

This Wall Street Journal article is trying really hard to find something sinister in the story of a recently constructed mosque in Nicaragua. The piece leads by reporting that the "ever-present Managua rumor mill" is suggesting that the Iranian government may have paid for it, since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a close ally of President Daniel Ortega. 

This Wall Street Journal article is trying really hard to find something sinister in the story of a recently constructed mosque in Nicaragua. The piece leads by reporting that the "ever-present Managua rumor mill" is suggesting that the Iranian government may have paid for it, since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a close ally of President Daniel Ortega. 

On the other hand, no one is able to corroborate these rumors, no evidence is presented to suggest that they are true, and the reporter finds a Pakistani businessman in Honduras who says he paid for it. About the only shady dealing the article reports is a dispute with the contractor over pay, which proves that it is… a construction project. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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