Two days after The Associated Press replaced the term, “illegal immigrants” in favor of “undocumented immigrants,” it restricted the use of another politically charged term — “Islamist.”
The AP added the term “Islamist” to its stylebook in 2012, according to US News and World Report, together with the following definition:
Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.
Following complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, after it had been referred to as “Islamist,” the AP redefined the term in its stylebook, making it clear that it should never be used “as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.” The new AP Stylebook entry reads:
An advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam. Do not use as a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.
Where possible, be specific and use the name of militant affiliations: al-Qaida-linked, Hezbollah, Taliban, etc. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.
The AP Stylebook is the “Bible” for journalists and “really helps define how we digest news” and “has an immense amount of power to shape narratives,” said conservative pundit Michelle Malkin according to Fox News.
It should be noted that at least as of 2010, the FBI has affirmed that CAIR has terrorist ties, according to RedState.com.
Read more at US News and World Report.
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