Newspapers have what is called a style book, which is politically motivated. As an example in the newspapers you will always see "pro-choice" and "anti-choice," not "pro-life," and the reason is the newspaper style books require the writer of the articles to use those terms.
I'm well aware of that; I used to be a newspaper editor (not that you can tell from my writing online!) and was the author of our stylebook (which most pointedly was NOT AP style--especially not in serial comma usage! ;-). But thank you for pointing that fact out to many who are not aware of how these things operate.
I suggest that if enough letter-writing by readers occurs, it will be noticed.