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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Misleading AP Headline of the Day

First the AP headline is:

"Muslim group: US teen not allowed to leave Kuwait" although the Yahoo link just said "US teen not allowed to leave Kuwait."

Kind of makes it sound like the evil Kuwaitis are holding an American teen against his will, keeping him in Kuwait or something.

Now here's the story beneath the headline in its entirety (link is here):

"A Muslim rights group says a U.S. teenager held in Kuwait was not allowed to board a flight back to the United States.

"An attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday that 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed's brother bought him a plane ticket home at the request of a Kuwaiti deportation official, but that he was not allowed to board the plane after being taken to the airport.

"CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas says the Alexandria, Va. teenager is on a no-fly list and the group plans to file a federal court challenge claiming the United States is wrongly blocking the return of a U.S. citizen."

So, actually the Kuwaitis are not allowing a person they're trying to deport and is on the U.S.'s no-fly list to board a plane to the U.S. That's a little different story than what the headline suggests, isn't it? Conspicuously absent are the details as to why Gulet Mohamed is being deported, and why he's on the U.S.'s no-fly list.

Nice job AP.

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