AP reconfigures language, tries to control thinking — again

In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references in news stories that suggest there are only two sexes in the human race. Ken Shepherd reporting for the Washington Times caught this latest attempt to neutralize not only our identities and our language, but also dilute our ability to reason.

Gender is the latest gambit.

The Stylebook issued further guidance for use of pronouns under an entry named “they, them, their.” Those third-person plural pronouns are preferred by some transgender or gender fluid individuals who say they are not comfortable with traditional male or female personal pronouns, Shepherd notes.

“Gender fluid”?

At this point the Stylebook has drawn the line on the use of exotic pronouns: “We do not use other gender-neutral pronouns such as xe or ze.”

Yet.

In April 2013 the news agency asserted that “change is a part of AP Style because the English language is constantly evolving and enriched by new words, phrases and uses.” That announcement dealt with the terminology describing those who have illegally invaded our country, in order to “use the most precise and accurate words so that the meaning is clear to any reader anywhere.” In fact, by skewing words and their definitions, AP did exactly the opposite of their pretentious claim. Seeing Red AZ likened Associated Press’ leftward lurching language machinations to George Orwell’s “1984” Newspeak, the language used by Winston Smith as he toiled at his job rewriting history.

Seeing Red AZ reported in Dec. 2010 that the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists called on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage.

The Washington Times editorially addressed this attempt at language control by correctly stating altering words “doesn’t change facts.” The Times contended the term “illegal alien” is “highly specific and accurately describes the problem, unlike “undocumented immigrant,” which purposefully removes a stigma that should rightly remain.”

Kudos to the Washington Times, a lone rational voice in the reporting wilderness, for placing truth above political correctness.

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7 Responses to AP reconfigures language, tries to control thinking — again

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    The old line, “the inmates have taken over the asylum,” applies here.

    AP should be ashamed of its ongoing distortion of truth and blatant efforts to confuse readers. Instead it obviously intends to plow ahead with its deception. The Arizona Repulsive newspaper receives AP’s feed.

    We’d subscribed to the local newspaper for years, but finally wised up a few years ago. Others we know joined us after the Repulsive endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. They were latecomers, but eventually came to their senses.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    What the Left is doing to our children is an absolute sin that will NOT be forgiven.

    We are born with specific DNA, including chromosomes, that are our unique identifiers. All living things can be mapped biologically.
    A rose by any other name would still be a rose–to paraphrase one of Shakespeare’s lines.

    The people like crazy Angelina Jolie, who has allowed her female child to live as a boy, since age 3, should be jailed for child abuse.

    And there is no such condition as being gender fluid.

    Evil is showing up everywhere.

    And on that topic, we see that an underage Malia Obama is again frequenting nightclubs in NYC.
    Now she has accosted a conservative journalist who works for thegatewaypundit.com

    Gee, the journalist is a gay man. Wasn’t her daddy down with that?
    (Oh, yeah, A-OK with gay, but not the conservative aspect of his identity)

    http://conservativefiringline.com/underage-malia-obama-reportedly-spotted-21-club-nyc-allegedly-accosts-conservative-blogger/

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    President Ronald Reagan was known to have read The Washington Times every day during his presidency. In 1997 he was quoted as saying:
    “The American people know the truth. You, my friends at The Washington Times, have told it to them. It wasn’t always the popular thing to do. But you were a loud and powerful voice. Like me, you arrived in Washington at the beginning of the most momentous decade of the century. Together, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. And—oh, yes—we won the Cold War.”

    That liberal Arizona Republic was obviously never on the receiving end of such praise. Since Nancy Reagan’s parents lived in Phoenix, the Reagan’s traveled here frequently to visit so he was often exposed to the local newspaper and knew its bias.

  4. East Valley Conservative says:

    Most of us read Or;well’s 1984 years ago. It was a school assignment then, although it never would be today. If you care about the future, get a copy for your kids — even if they are grown — or your grand kids. It foretold much of the lunacy we are witnessing today. The year 1984 seemed a long way off when I first read the book, and though it was entertaining, it seemed surreal. Who could ever imagined what we are being fed by supposedly reputable outlets today?

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Get a load of the big “they” on campus: (legal status unknown)

    Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns – SFGate
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Berkeley-killing-renews-debate-over-gender-11028679.php

    “Soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”