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I have an AP Stylebook but I never open it. The brief on copyright law is useful but I don’t right for anyone that cares about the AP Stylebook so I don’t, either. They have a reputation for chasing woke fads but I was browsing National Review headlines and they have really outdone themselves now.
The Associated Press Stylebook was amended this week to discourage the use of the word “riot” to describe violent protests, instead expanding the definition of “protest” to include violent demonstrations.
“Use care in deciding which term best applies: A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium,” said the AP Stylebook, which sets style guidelines followed by many mainstream media publications.
“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s,” it added.
Our institutions are not serving our interests. National Review goes on to document the violence being done to the English language and civil order by an alleged journalistic institution. The rioters are pushing the narrative that when others speak, that is violence, and when others are silent, that is violence, and that when they loot and burn down a jewelry store, that is protected speech. Maybe next edition the AP will catch up.Published in