New AP guideline for reporters: Make sure to always associate term ‘alt-right’ with racism

New AP guideline for reporters: Make sure to always associate term ‘alt-right’ with racism

[Ed. – Fortunately, I’ve never described myself as “alt-right,” and am not convinced of very many things about it, other than that Ben Shapiro links it closely to Milo Yiannopoulos, and some weird/unsavory people have linked themselves with it.  One thing I’m not going to do, however, is let the Associated Press define the “alt-right” for me.  I urge all of you out there to think for yourselves on this matter.  If you think you’re hearing racism, you probably are.  If you don’t, the MSM’s determined campaign doesn’t make you wrong.]

The Associated Press Monday released new guidelines for referencing the “alt-right,” which ask that journalists use the term alongside its definition and in context of its association with racist beliefs.

The new guidelines read:

“‘Alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself. Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.”

The new guidelines come after criticism of media outlets by some observers who view the term has having “normalized” President-elect Donald Trump‘s nationalistic rhetoric and that of some Trump supporters. Specifically, many object to the term’s use alongside senior adviser Stephen Bannon, whose hiring was applauded by neo-Nazi and KKK groups.

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