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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Choice of Words Is Important

The choice of words, and the shifting meanings of words, has always been something that I find fascinating. For example, the word liberal used to be a good word, it connoted a person who believes in liberty and would reduce the power of government. Now, liberal has become a bad word, and no politician any longer wants to be called a liberal. The people who are liberals have adopted the word progressive and are trying to make that into a good word. The feminists are still hanging on to the word feminist, but I think they are chasing a lost cause. All polls show that the majority of American women do not want to be called feminist. I predict they will never be able to rehabilitate the word.

The AP tells writers NOT to use the term "illegal immigrant" because the AP does not want to encourage "labeling people." According to the AP's executive editor, people should not be described as illegal. Journalists should describe them as "living in the country illegally" or "immigrating to a country illegally." Children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, according to the AP, should be described as having "temporary resident status" under the government program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The AP also frowns on "undocumented immigrant" because an immigrant may be illegally in our country, but may have a pocketful of fake documents in his pockets. I think the term illegal alien is more accurate and descriptive. Michelle Malkin has a humorous article about the AP word changes. She criticizes the journalists who pose as neutral news-gatherers while carrying out a blatantly leftwing agenda. Malkin says she will hereafter refer to them as "alleged practitioners of journalism."

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