Conservative writer Michelle Malkin has a few words to say about words in The Associated Press stylebook.
Here's a snippet from a recent column:
On Tuesday, The Associated Press announced it is banishing the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its famous stylebook. The world's largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that "illegal" will "only refer to an action, not a person."
AP directs writers not to use the terms "illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented" anymore, except "in direct quotations." It won't be long before illegal border crossers, illegal visa overstayers, illegal deportation evaders, document fraudsters and illegal alien traffickers are all referred to as "our fellow Americans."
Without the quotations.
Mark my words.
AP explains that it wants to stop labeling people. Hah. This is the same organization that employs journalists who have repeatedly shown naked bias against tea party members, gun owners and pro-life activists.
AP's most famous White House correspondent, Jennifer Loven, was such a shameless water-carrier for the Democratic Party that she earned the permanent nickname "Democratic operative Jennifer Loven" on the Internet.
In 2010, she left AP to join an official Democratic-run lobbying and communications firm in D.C. Same difference.
I propose that we banish the term "journalist" when referring to members of mainstream news organizations who pose as neutral news-gathers while carrying out a blatantly ideological agenda.
From now on, AP's staffers shall be described in my columns as "alleged practitioners of journalism" or "journalists" only when using direct quotations.
But I digress.