George Orwell’s “1984” Newspeak is in full bloom at AP
Claiming that “change is a part of AP Style because the English language is constantly evolving and enriched by new words, phrases and uses,” Associated Press has determined that in order to “use the most precise and accurate words so that the meaning is clear to any reader anywhere,” it is ditching the very precise term “illegal immigrant.”
Here at Seeing Red AZ, fixated on meticulous definitions, we will continue to use the clearly definitive term “illegal alien.”
The news came in the form of this blog posting 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.
Her politically correct contrivance is reminiscent of Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell’s best seller “1984.” Smith was employed as a clerk in the government’s Ministry of Truth Records Department. His job was to rewrite historical documents to align with the constantly changing current political deception. Newspeak, a reduced language became the tool to limit free thought and concepts posing a threat to the totalitarian regime. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct was classified as “thought crime,” “crime think,” or “doublethink.”
Smith’s work included manipulating facts, revising newspaper articles and doctoring photographs to remove “unpersons,” the term used to describe people who had fallen out of favor with the party.
We conservatives are “unpersons” to the MSM liberals. But we still have a voice. We need to continue to use it.
When his book was published in 1949, Orwell wrote, “By 2050 — earlier, probably — all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared.” He turned out to be a reliable prophet.
In December 2010 Seeing Red AZ reported that the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists was calling on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage.
At the time, this is how Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly responded to the word police on America’s growing obsession with political correctness:
The AP considers itself to be the world’s most trusted independent news source. Do you?