The Associated Press, once the gold standard worldwide for journalistic guidelines, now wants to redefine “rioting” as something not so bad.
Not as bad as the white, Christian, male, Trump-voting American-ness that “causes” it, that is.
For many decades The Associated Press Stylebook was the most influential arbiter of print news ethics. Now its job is to obscure and twist the truth, proclaiming that: “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.”
Don’t report on riots, stylebook editors are saying, as business owners losing their buildings and livelihoods, or public buildings and monuments being defaced and destroyed by Black Lives Matter protesters, consisting largely of white Democratic and Antifa thugs.
The thugs are in fact victims, protesting what you have done to them, and now in danger of being “stigmatized.”
AP now suggests that the word “riot” should be replaced with “milder” terms such as “unrest.”
The truth is only the symbolic victim here, as looting and public mayhem have a human toll. The Insurance Information Institute says the “Black Lives Matter” riots of 2020 have done well over $1 billion in damage, and could lead to insurers excluding coverage for riot damage in the future. Innocent small-business owners are already finding their policies insufficient to cover the damage that has been done.
The greatest irony: The destruction hits minorities hardest, with people who have spent years building businesses losing it all in one night.