AP removing “Islamophobia” from its Style Book?

Believe it when you see it. via AP nixes ‘homophobia’, ‘ethnic cleansing’ – POLITICO.com.

The Associated Press has nixed “homophobia,” “ethnic cleansing,” and a number of other terms from its Style Book in recent months.

The online Style Book now says that “-phobia,” “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” should not be used “in political or social contexts,” including “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” It also calls “ethnic cleansing” a “euphemism,” and says the AP “does not use ‘ethnic cleansing’ on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained.”

“Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don’t feel that’s quite accurate,” AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told POLITICO.

“When you break down ‘ethnic cleansing,’ it’s a cover for terrible violent activities. It’s a term we certainly don’t want to propgate,” Minthorn continued. “Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”

“We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing,” he said.

The changes made to the online Style Book will appear in next year’s printed edition.

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7 Responses

  1. The AP wants to be “neutral?” ha! ha! ha!

  2. Wow, the White House speech writers will be unable to convey their thoughts.

    • naw – they will just label us anti-moslem. This is actually more hateful and denigrating, but if they can help out to make a schism – they will oblige!

  3. I agree with the AP’s decision and wish all major media outlets would follow suit. The common use by the media today of branding those with dissenting points of view as being mentally disturbed needs to stop.

  4. [...] The ‘Islamophobia’ myth (and bonus AP removing “Islamophobia” from its Style Book) [...]

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