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State Department on Bloomberg's Ground Zero Mosque Speech: 'No Comment'

1:08 PM, Aug 10, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In what appeared to be an implicit endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's own endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque, the State Department published the entire text of the New York City mayor's speech on its affiliate website, www.america.gov. I called the State Department to receive comment, and to ask whether the State Department had an official view on what Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called "a matter for New York City and the local community to decide.”

When reached by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the State Department official, Joanne Moore, first denied that America.gov was part of the State Department's website. When I read her this line, "Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State," which is at the end of the text of Bloomberg's speech, she said she did not know, and that she would get back to me.

Moore then said, "no comment."

So the question for the State Department remains: Why is Bloomberg's speech on your website? Here's the screen shot:

www.america.gov has this disclaimer at the bottom of its homepage: "Links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein." But this, as the picture illustrates, is not a link. This is complete replication of a particular speech. When the State Department replicates a speech that has been delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it is seen as an endorsement of the views therein. Same is true for other State Department officials. But, are we supposed to believe, this isn't the case for all material?

Andrew McCarthy first reported this story at National Review

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