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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”

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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2smartforlibs | October 4, 2020 at 6:04 pm

There are 4 lights.


Looters should be shot immediately, thieves get arrested and immediately released without bail. AP aids the anarchist goal of societal chaos from which their revolution will stem. I will not forget this AP

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.”

By that “logic” AP could argue the Kristallnacht was mostly peaceful destruction of a few stores in response to the unjust Treaty of Versailles of WWI.

The Joseph Goebbels media is truly evil.

    henrybowman in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | October 4, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    “Peaceful protests” -> assaults and arsons.
    “Unrest” -> riots and mayhem.
    “Broad swaths of people” -> thugs and looters.
    “Journalists” -> morons with presses or camera crews.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | October 4, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    “Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance”

    1) there is no real grievance today, nearly every case they present as a wrong has in fact been lawful justice.

    2) Their sky high crime rate demonstrates that they are the scum of humanity.

    3) Does AP have any credibility today, I sure cannot find any.

has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people

Uh-huh. A bit like the concept of “privilege.”

They can call them whatever they like but the cat is out of that bag already

So the ends officially justifies the means?

This is an clear demonstration of Orwell’s Doublespeak. Someone needs their journalism diploma retracted.

Can we substitute the Chinese word for riots instead?

Notice how they justify corrupting the language with allegations that language has, in the past, been used imprecisely and with malice.

Notice, too, how no evidence whatever is offered to back up these claims. This is a deeply dishonest game that the left has been playing for decades.

It never ends and people who value truth never win.

The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium.

Well, they have a point there. What we’ve been seeing is deliberate, organized, well-funded violence and destruction. Nothing random or spur-of-the-moment about it.

ToolsforLiberty | October 4, 2020 at 8:06 pm

As the people have lost all ability to think critically, of course “reporters” believe they must educate us red state morons. Go ahead AP. Please journo’splain to me how burning my business down is peacefully protesting…, protesting what exactly? How about this AP. Is it really a “protest” at all if nobody knows the supposed message unless you journo’splain to, we the people? Hmm

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people.”

Mostly rioters.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 4, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Democrat Party member Chris Wallace should go work for the AP.

Chris Wallace Has Meltdown on Television – Blood Coming Out of His Whatever…

That’s a “no” for me.

In our style book, we can call AP anything except calling it ‘news’.

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people”

So they call it rioting, actually overtly calling it what it is, then try to make excuses for it. How about reporting it for what it is, then letting us make up our own minds? Oh, that’s too simple – we must be told what it is instead of depending on us to recognize the obvious.

Anybody read “Brave New World” lately? The general population were perpetual toddlers who were kept around to manipulate. This is how the MSM see you and me. Aldous Huxley, as well as George Orwell, was a prophet.

One has the sense that these dishonest, vile, water-carrying propagandists of the Walter Duranty mold, would have described Kristallnacht as a “peaceful protest against Jewish subversion.”

Cyrus: You’re standing right now with nine delegates from 100 gangs. And there’s over a hundred more. That’s 20,000 hardcore members. Forty-thousand, counting affiliates, and twenty-thousand more, not organized, but ready to fight: 60,000 soldiers! Now, there ain’t but 20,000 police in the whole town. Can you dig it?

Gang Members: Yeah.

<b€Cyrus: Can you dig it?

Gang Members: Yeah!

Cyrus: Can you dig it?

Gang Members: YEAH!

[shouting and Cheering]

Focusing on the grievances of the rioters ignores the pain of their victims.

Who are the real people behind @APStylebook ?

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

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.

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.

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.

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).