Yesterday we told you about the Associated Press Stylebook’s tweet on avoiding “dehumanizing ‘the’ labels.” The AP ended up deleting this:

We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.

The AP ended up getting rid of that tweet. Why? Here’s the explanation:

You can’t make this stuff up:

The term “‘The’ media” can also be pretty offensive.

Oh, and here’s the “updated” version:

At least “the French” won’t be offended this time. Others, maybe not so much:

Where is this all headed?

Coming soon to an AP Stylebook feed near you!



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