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    AP Stylebook Now Says Don’t Call Riots “Riots”

    AP Stylebook Now Says Don’t Call Riots “Riots”

    “Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people”
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    For months now, the mainstream media and Democrats have used variations of the term “peaceful protests” to describe the nightly Antifa/BLM-led riots in Democrat-run cities like Portland and Seattle that have turned parts of these cities into apocalyptic warzones.

    We all remember the infamous clip of MSNBC’s Ali Velshi morphing into Baghdad Bob by proclaiming, “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly” as fires and riots raged behind him in Minneapolis shortly after the death of George Floyd:

    Despite the media’s deliberate attempts at deception, those of us in the real world who have watched the near-constant stream of video footage shared on social media know that the correct word to describe the scenes at these supposedly “peaceful protests” is, in fact, riots.

    Fires are routinely set, looting is a frequent occurrence, and incendiary devices are often thrown at officers and buildings. Entire city blocks have been destroyed, burned to the ground, thanks to violent rioters. Random drivers and outdoor restaurant patrons are sometimes harassed, held captive in some respects, and in some incidents have been forced to make pledges. In some instances, innocent bystanders, counter-protesters, and those defending their property have been assaulted – or killed.

    It’s insulting in the extreme to any sane American who has been paying attention to the politically-motivated anarchy to see a supposed reporter—especially those on the scene—refer to the burning down of local communities as “peaceful protests,” “mostly peaceful,” or “not, generally speaking, unruly.”

    But in spite of the pushback from Republicans and conservatives against the media’s/left’s utterly grotesque gaslighting on the riots, the journalists at the AP Stylebook announced last week that the word “riots” was offensive and stigmatizing.

    Instead, they will be using terms like “unrest”, “revolt”, and “uprising” to describe “protests” and “demonstrations” that they acknowledge “can be legal or illegal, organized or spontaneous, peaceful or violent, and involve any number of people”:

    All of this is in addition to how they advise reporters to carefully approach using the word “looting”:

    Understandably, people who are fed up with this insanity were not amused, and called out the AP’s announcement for what it was:

    The timeless words of Thomas Sowell are also worth referencing here:

    It is the public that reads newspapers and magazines, that listens to radio or watches television. They are depending on journalists to tell them the truth as they see it and to offer their honest opinion as to what it means.

    Journalists cannot serve two masters. To the extent that they take on the task of suppressing information or biting their tongue for the sake of some political agenda, they are betraying the trust of the public and corrupting their own profession.

    Sowell wrote that over 12 years ago. Sadly, the Associated Press’s continual redefining of words to mean whatever’s politically convenient at any given time to the left’s warped narratives is just further proof he’s right. The political corruption of the journalism profession at this point is almost wholly complete.

    — Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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    CaptTee | October 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Who are the real people behind @APStylebook ?

    We have the right to know who is editing our news.

    jrcowboy49 | October 5, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Peaceful gatherings/protest are permitted under our Constitution. When they include looting, destruction, arson, vandalizing, and murder they become riots and all Police Officers are sworn to stop by all means possible including lethal force.

    GatorGuy | October 5, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    For the sake of argument, can we agree that this game of Find the Right Word is a functioning subsidiary of the current, overarching, socially menacing rubric, Cancel Culture?

    If we can agree on this — and recognize the danger that this idea, movement, organization, or what have you; ask FBI Director Wray — poses to all our freedoms in the form of a pernicious slippery slope — would anyone, therefore, still care to be really appalled by the comment made by the present Commandant of the Naval Academy, who, in finding a Midshipman recently guilty of speaking his mind in a constitutionally protected free-speech manner found himself “separated” from his beloved Academy, not for “what” he said, but “how” he said it. He hurt other Academy people’s feelings.

    “It is clear that the cancel culture is alive and well at the Naval Academy, and that the inmates are running the asylum,” writes the USNA graduate (of a far different era), former naval service officer, current national security writer, and author of the article found here:

    CAUTION: The article is probably far more distasteful, not to mention alarming and unnerving, than anything you’ve recently read about the direction in which notable, embedded members of the deep state want to lead our future warriors — who, in the case of this currently ex-Midshipman’s legal battle for reinstatement and probably more, wants to fight the good fight for OUR nation’s, rather than what the Transnational/Neo-Globalists, Inc, as it were, deem to be our newly assigned, BLM/Antifa/X-syndicated security. But I accentuate, though not, it seems, altogether gratuitously.

    That deep permeation thing is, from what I’m reading, really, really bad; hopefully, its dimensions and effects won’t get worse, but, maybe after Election Day, much, much better. Many asses will need to be kicked — hard and out, that is.

    Bottom line here, w/r/t the present article about the AP and finding the right word in the seemingly massive and interlocking program to cancel our enshrined, rightful freedoms is, the press is but one of many national institutions that comprise, in a suitable modification of that infamous, shamefully unindicted national figure’s phrase, a “vast, Left-wing conspiracy”.

      GatorGuy in reply to GatorGuy. | October 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Correction: the Midshipman in questioned was NOT expelled from the Naval Academy; rather, the Academy’s intention to expel him has recently been officially formalized but is not yet executed — apparently pending the outcome of a Maryland federal district court case, filed on behalf of the still-First Class Midshipman by his attorney.

    GatorGuy | October 5, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I see. It didn’t happen, on account of its verbal representational descriptor’s not being usable.

    For instance, something was looted, ie, stolen during a riot after breaking and entering, but, being “stolen” from a shelf is conflated with, connoted to shoplifting, an entirely different infraction.

    The one is a felony larceny; the other, usually a restitutuable, remedial misdemanor.

    I wonder, is there a deep and maybe undiscovered Soros link to AP in this? Sounds like the nation’s new Law and Order paradigm’s, say, of a piece, no?

    If George is anything, you know, he’s thoroughly systematic about the unfolding of his Open Society philosophy and sociopolitical program. In this respect, GS is getting his pattern-work in place in order to weave together his desired cultural quilt out of the loose threads and strands of our free and open culture, the theory runs.

    Arminius | October 5, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Wait, what?

    You mean every MFM outfit hadn’t tossed out their stylebooks and replaced them a seven word graffito in foot high letters on the side of the newsroom?

    “Lie your @$$ off for leftist causes!”

    Perhaps supplemented by another graffito on the opposite side of the room.

    “Viva la Revolucion Justicia Social!”

      GatorGuy in reply to Arminius. | October 6, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Too audacious, open-book, and good-faith; AP’s guide is more subtle, indirect, coy — more pragmatic. (Per whose irresistible influence and efforts? I’m pained to learn. AP here is a pawn on someone’s gameboard, I’m asserting).

      Anyway, the AP’s reportage-charade is a sequitur of Nancy’s 2010 legislative exhortation for the HORs re the ACA — you know, let’s pass it to find out what’s in it.

      (The Dem-Lefty/Transnational/Neo-Globalist/Marxist-Maoist version of) Democracy dies in (transparency).

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