AP Doubles Down On Soft Language, Mass Media To Become More Liberal-Friendly


Political correctness fanatics at The Associated Press were busy last week as they amended the style guide used almost universally by American journalists to make the world of newswriting a kinder, gentler place for illegal aliens and non-extreme Muslims who worry about being grouped with Islamist extremist outfits like the Muslim Brotherhood.

AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explained that the changes to the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law were part of an effort to abolish labels.

She was quoted in an AP blog post about the term “illegal immigrant”:

The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.

Why did we make the change?

The discussions on this topic have been wide-ranging and include many people from many walks of life. (Earlier, they led us to reject descriptions such as “undocumented,” despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise. A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.)

That decision drew criticism from many conservative Americans who feel that people who choose to remain in the United State illegally have earned the designation of illegal immigrant or alien. Even late night talk show host Jay Leno poked fun at the news organization’s decision, suggesting that they call illegal aliens “undocumented Democrats.”

The decision to change the definition of Islamist in the AP style guide was a result of complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The Muslim civil rights group claimed that the term Islamist is used primarily in a pejorative context by newswriters because of AP’s previous definition of the word: “Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.”

In an attempt to provide a more neutral connotation for the term, AP now defines Islamist as an “advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam.” It also advises journalists: “Do not use as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.”

To provide an example for our readers of what mainstream media writers will deal with henceforth, consider how an AP-compliant story about a hypothetical scenario wherein an illegal alien and Islamist extremist carries out a terror attack on the United States might read: Today an illegal alien a person who crossed the border without proper documentation who happened to be living in the United States illegally carried out an attack on the U.S. to further the cause of Islamists in the name of his religion. The perpetrator is alleged to be an extremist who may or may not also be of the Islamist persuasion.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Harold Olsen

    AP is just another “news” organization that, rather than just report the news, reports only what is politically correct. I salute them with my middle finger extended.

  • chocopot

    Calling the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) an Islamic civil rights organization is like calling the KKK a white civil rights organization (in fact, they are just another terrorist-front group trying to snow the American public while they insititute ‘creeping’ Sharia). That is similar to calling La Raza a Mexican-American (or Hispanic) civil rights organization. In fact, La Raza may be the most anti-white racist organization on the planet; they make the KKK look like a bunch of Sunday School choir boys.

  • Vigilant

    “…part of an effort to abolish labels.”

    Abolish labels? Good God, a NOUN is a label!

    We order and classify our knowledge by use of nouns (labels), the absence of which would make for no logical communication whatsoever.

    Face it, it’s not “labeling” they wish to avoid, it’s common sense and truth they would sacrifice by forcing channels of thought into perpetually euphemistic ways of thinking.

  • Blank Reg

    How about we simplify things by re-labeling “illegal immigrants” as “foreign criminals”?

    • Michael Shreve

      I’m in favor of foreign invaders.

  • noname

    if i promise to vote democrat can I come to the US without first getting the right permission?

    • Ibn Insha

      That could be arranged.

  • Steve E

    Pretty soon, they will have changed the language so much that no one will understand what they are saying.

    • Ibn Insha

      That is what the intentions are.

    • Michael Shreve

      We STILL understand that it is ALL lies intended to enhance the image of our glorious leader.

  • The GLB

    All right, I will be the first to write this: 1984.

  • momo

    More BS from the Liberal media. In their screwed up world, up is down and white is black. Can someone just report the unvarnished truth for a change?

  • TheSilverRanger

    Well, there goes freedom of speech. Way to go, AP. You’ve doomed us all. I’m getting sick of these idiots part of the government media complex.

  • 010sonny

    Sam reminds me of those, of just a few years back, that considered the slogan “A Dead Injun Is Good Injun” or Mark Twains use of Nigger in his literature, is to be changed!…
    These two examples of many, exemplifies of how our populace is recognizing their shame of their biases. Now they are trying to head off the error before it becomes as rampant as our past biases and their terminology.
    Sam prefers the “Dead Injun” to continue with the Nigger. A tad more maturity is all she needs and the light will shine upon her.

    • Michael Shreve

      Rewriting history condemns us to repeat it. We cannot properly appreciate the beneficial changes in our society if we cover over our errors.

    • Deerinwater

      It’s as much about shunning notions of eloquent speech that suggest one might be mindful, educated and enlighten. ~ And subscribing to Popeye ‘s “Me’ yam what me’ yam and that’s all that me yam”. Or as we say in the south, “Love me, love my dawg”

    • Deerinwater

      A few years back as the story goes, Texas Tech held a contest for the best definition of “political correctness” . And the winner was ~~~ drum roll please.

      “The ability to pick up a turd by the clean end”

      Now I must say ~ anyone that can do that ~ can do just about anything.