April 3, 2013
AP drops term 'illegal immigrant'
I thought it surreal when AP dropped the term "terrorist" and substituted "militant" a few years ago. But this really defies reality. Politico: The Associated Press on Tuesday announced it will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant" or "illegal" to describe a person -- but did not say which term, if any, should take its place. The AP Stylebook has been updated to state that it no longer sanctions the use of "illegal" or "illegal immigrant" for a person, senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll wrote in a blog post. The Stylebook now directs that "illegal" should only be used to describe an action, "such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," Carroll noted. The AP aims to label "behavior" instead of "people," Carroll wrote, pointing out that "the new section on mental health issues argues for using credibly sourced diagnoses instead of labels. Saying someone was 'diagnosed with schizophrenia' instead of schizophrenic, for example." The...(Read Full Post)