AP Stylebook Instructs Writers Not to Use Words Like 'Pro-Life,' 'Refugee' & 'Terrorist'
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The AP Stylebook, published by The Associated Press, is intended to provide universal guidelines for journalists when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization and using certain words over others.
The 2017 edition of the stylebook directs writers to avoid words like "pro-life," "migrant," "refugee," "Islamist" and "terrorist."
Rachel Alexander, an opinion contributor for The Hill, said on "Fox & Friends" this morning that this is an attempt to promote language that liberals tend to favor.
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She explained that the guide instructs writers to use "anti-abortion" instead of "pro-life," "people struggling to enter Europe" instead of "migrant" or "refugee," and "militant," "lone wolf" or "attacker" instead of "terrorist" or "Islamist."
She said if authors do not adhere to that style when they submit an article to a mainstream media outlet, they will likely see their words edited to conform.
"The mainstream media claims that it's not biased, but it's got this bias built into its own words," Alexander said. "And we're seeing these words increasingly scrubbed from news articles and replaced by politically correct words instead."
She said it's ridiculous to sanitize the English language and censor "conservative words."
"It's a bias against conservatives, and it's getting worse every year," Alexander said.
The guide advises against using the terms "illegal immigrant" and "undocumented" years after "illegals" and "aliens" were thrown out.
Alexander noted in her piece that the stylebook includes an entry on climate change that "includes an extensive discussion with seemingly authoritative evidence of manmade global warming."
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