No labels: AP style book bans “illegal immigrant”
posted at 3:26 pm on April 2, 2013 by Guy Benson
Today’s the second of the month, so this isn’t an April Fools joke:
The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.” The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels. “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Carroll wrote. The company’s decision comes after years of controversy over the term. Fusion, the ABC-Univision joint venture, does not use “illegal immigrant” because we believe it dehumanizes those it describes and we find it to be linguistically inaccurate.
In case you’re curious, “undocumented immigrant” is also verboten, which leaves…what, exactly? AP pro-tip: Why use two words when 17 will suffice?
Exit questions (Allahpundit ™): How should enlightened journos refer to
illegal immigrants persons-who-have-migrated-to-the-United-States-in-violation-of-one-or-more-statutes-but-whose-humanity-we-fully-affirm from now on? And what other terms should get the axe, based on this standard? Does active engagement in terrorism make someone a “terrorist”, really? That’s such a judgmental word. What about “criminals”? “Persons convicted of unlawful acts” sounds less harsh. Have at it, folks.