Associated Press 'Redefines' The Word Islam
The style-book editors at Associated Press have been busy changing definitions again.
The Associated Press is not through redefining their style-book for writers and consumer consumption.
Just two days after alleviating the term, "illegal immigrant" from its style-book, the news organization made another change that smacks of political correctness. This time it is the use of the word "Islamist."
CAIR helps the AP redefine the word "Islamist"
It seems the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an American advocacy (lobbying) group, termed/labeled "Islamist" by many opponents of the organization, has advocated AP change the word to something more "fitting" to their cause.
It seems CAIR finds the word a negative due to uprisings that are viewed as radical in the Middle East, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. CAIR feels the word "Islam" has taken on the connotation of unrest and violence rather than that of a peaceful religion of over a billion people worldwide.
Like so many cereal and laundry detergent companies, the Associated Press has taken it upon themselves to do a sort of "new and improved" campaign to appease CAIR.
Behind the pressure for the change is Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director, who wrote in a January op-ed piece, "Muslims we don't like." The word "Islamist" was added to the AP style-book a year ago and the definition read:
Islamist: "Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi."
Apparently that wasn't what CAIR was looking for.
On Thursday, AP alerted online subscribers, as they had for the term "illegal immigrant" two days earlier, that "Islamist" would no longer be used as "a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists, or radicals."
The new definition apparently more appealing to CAIR reads:
Islamist v2: "An advocate or supporter of a political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam... 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."
Draw Your Own Conclusions
The American people are left to make their own conclusions about this and other stories such as Al Gore and Joel Hyatt selling Current TV to Al Jazeera in Qatar for $500 million allowing the Middle Eastern country, often associated with terrorist acts, to gain a foothold in the American press.
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Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Read more stories by Dwight L. Schwab Jr..
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