Saturday, April 6, 2013

AP’s New Islamist Denial Orwellianism

The AP has just undermined reporters ability to accurtely report on matters of Islamic terrorism by denying the use of the term "Islamist".  This is of course in line with the Obama administration's removal of any and all terms used to accurately describe Islamism and terrorism. 


AP’s New Islamist Denial Orwellianism

April 5, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield

It would take a George Orwell to make sense of the AP’s latest “under pressure” linguistic transformation.

    Following on the heels of the Tuesday decision by The Associated Press to discontinue use of the term “illegal immigrant,” the news agency on Thursday revised its stylebook entry for another politically charged term.

    The term “Islamist,” the AP clarified in a Thursday afternoon alert to online stylebook subscribers, should not be used as “a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals.”

So you can call them Islamic fighters, but you can’t call them Islamists. Why not? Because the Islamists don’t want you to.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an American advocacy group sometimes labeled “Islamist” by critics, previously lobbied for the AP to drop the term.

So what is the official terminology now? There isn’t one.

    As of Thursday’s update, the AP definition 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.”

Article continues HERE.