Skip to comments.AP Stylebook Discourages Use of ‘Riot,’ Expands Definition of ‘Protest’ to Include ‘Violence’
Posted on 10/01/2020 2:10:30 PM PDT by karpov
The Associated Press Stylebook was amended this week to discourage the use of the word riot to describe violent protests, instead expanding the definition of protest to include violent demonstrations.
Use care in deciding which term best applies: A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium, said the AP Stylebook, which sets style guidelines followed by many mainstream media publications.
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, it added.
The recommendation comes after months of rioting and looting in cities nationwide sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.
Riots in the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. in August led to the fatal shooting of two people and caused an estimated $2 million in damage to city-owned property alone. Violent demonstrations across the country have also injured a number of law enforcement officers, including in Portland, Ore. where riots have raged for more than 125 days straight.
Merriam-Webster defines a riot as violent public disorder, specifically a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three of more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent.
The Associated Press called for the use of unrest in place of riot when referring to property destruction caused by rioting.
Unrest is a vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt, the AP continued.
Protest and demonstration refer to specific actions such as marches, sit-ins, rallies or other actions meant to register dissent.
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Only fascists need to change the meanings of words.
AP: We have always been at war with Oceania.
The media keeps getting more Orwellian by the minute.
The American media and their Dem Party bosses make Stalin look positively benign.
What did Orwell write in “1984” about controlling the past (i.e., History, Education) and controlling the language (Newspeak) so you cannot even think or say bad thoughts?
Bookmark - Gaslighting on steroids.
We have become a very sick society!
You beat me by 30 seconds. It’s right out of the “1984” instruction manual, isn’t it?
Joseph Goebbels once said he learned everything he did from reading American Politics.
“expanding the definition of protest to include violent demonstrations. “
I think they meant to say...
“expanding the definition of peaceful protest to include violent demonstrations.”
“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.” — George Orwell
For now, at least, it gives AP a way of lying about what is going on. I think “riot” is a fine word, and “protest” does not include violence, because then it would be a riot.
And there I was thinking this could never happen in America when I read Orwell as a kid.
Little did I know.
He learned from the guy whom Woodrow Wilson hired to do the propaganda that got us into WWI.
Yep, I read “1984” and “Animal Farm” in, I think, 11th grade which was ‘67-’68. We read those books and laughed — “This is preposterous, so stupid. Nothing like that could ever happen in the USA.”
Yes, little did we know.
Good. So when I bust their ####ing heads in with a bat if they ever come at me at a “protest”, I’ll be good to go.
What BLM and AntiFa have been doing is RIOTING—not “protesting”!!!!
Their goal is NOT to get fairer treatment for black people, but to OVERTHROW the United States, and to substitute a communist government and society!!!
They use instances of killing of black criminals by police as EXCUSES for their violent riots—arson, looting, harassment, mayhem, and murder!! And those who particulate in these riots include whites—who may in fact be in the majority. But white, black, or brown, they are all communists and their dupes!!!!
Mr. President—OUTLAW both BLM and AntiFa!!!!
Straight Outta Pravda
And? Theyre STILL riots!
And FYI, this “stylebook” is also the source of referring to black people as “Black” and white people as “white”.
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