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Associate Press Stylebook instructs use of ‘Neo-Nazi’ instead of ‘Alt-Right’

Published: November 30, 2016, 9:17 am

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    The Associated Press Monday released new guidelines for referencing the “alt-right”, instructing journalists use the term alongside a certain definition and in context of its association with racist beliefs.

    The new guidelines read:

    “‘Alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself. Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.”

    The new guidelines appeared in the wake of mainstream media outlets expressing concern about “normalized” nationalistic rhetoric by President-elect Donald Trump and Trump supporters.

    Specifically, the term’s use alongside senior adviser Stephen Bannon from Breitbart, seems to be a concern, The Hill reported.

    Bannon has described Breitbart News, as “the platform of the alt-right.” The new AP reference went on to say that, “in the past (The AP) have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.”

    The Associated Press Stylebook has been developed as a way to both standardize and politicize the English language in all print publications. Most Anglo-American “official” news entities use the AP Stylebook as their guide, thereby promoting their brand of political correctness.

    However, PC is not mysterious social phenomenon without a rational explanation, but rather a political agenda set to promote globalism.

    Some subtle examples are AP expunging “illegal alien” from public discourse, because it sounds “impolite” to use. It is being replaced with “undocumented worker”.

    The guidelines also command journalists to avoid mentioning racial profiles in crime stories except in cases where “news judgement” demands it. In practice this means only reporting race when the attacker is white and victim is black.

    Another example is the use of “anti-abortion” instead of “pro-life”.

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