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AP Stylebook Discourages Use of ‘Riot,’ Expands Definition of ‘Protest’ to Include ‘Violence’
National Review ^ | October 1, 2020 | Brittany Bernstein

Posted on 10/01/2020 2:10:30 PM PDT by karpov

The Associated Press Stylebook was amended this week to discourage the use of the word “riot” to describe violent protests, instead expanding the definition of “protest” to include violent demonstrations.

“Use care in deciding which term best applies: A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium,” said the AP Stylebook, which sets style guidelines followed by many mainstream media publications.

“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,” it added.

The recommendation comes after months of rioting and looting in cities nationwide sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.

Riots in the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. in August led to the fatal shooting of two people and caused an estimated $2 million in damage to city-owned property alone. Violent demonstrations across the country have also injured a number of law enforcement officers, including in Portland, Ore. where riots have raged for more than 125 days straight.

Merriam-Webster defines a riot as “violent public disorder, specifically a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three of more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent.”

The Associated Press called for the use of “unrest” in place of “riot” when referring to property destruction caused by rioting.

“Unrest is a vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt,” the AP continued.

“Protest and demonstration refer to specific actions such as marches, sit-ins, rallies or other actions meant to register dissent.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 1984; ap; associatedpress; bidenvoters; domesticterrorism; gaslighting; goebbels; josephgoebbels; newspeak; presstitutes; propaganda; riot; terroristsympathizer; warispeace
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1 posted on 10/01/2020 2:10:30 PM PDT by karpov
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To: karpov

PRAVDA approves.


2 posted on 10/01/2020 2:13:26 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: karpov

L8r


3 posted on 10/01/2020 2:14:12 PM PDT by preacher ( Journalism no longer reports news, they use news to shape our society.)
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To: karpov

Only fascists need to change the meanings of words.


4 posted on 10/01/2020 2:14:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Elections have consequences. We won, you lost. Get over it." --Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: karpov

AP: We have always been at war with Oceania.
The media keeps getting more Orwellian by the minute.
The American media and their Dem Party bosses make Stalin look positively benign.


5 posted on 10/01/2020 2:14:26 PM PDT by SmokingJoe (synopsis)
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To: karpov

What did Orwell write in “1984” about controlling the past (i.e., History, Education) and controlling the language (Newspeak) so you cannot even think or say bad thoughts?


6 posted on 10/01/2020 2:15:02 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom ("And oft conducted by historic truth, We tread the long extent of backward timef)
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To: karpov

Bookmark - Gaslighting on steroids.

We have become a very sick society!


7 posted on 10/01/2020 2:15:20 PM PDT by aquila48 (Do not let them make you care! Guilting you is how they control you.)
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To: SmokingJoe

You beat me by 30 seconds. It’s right out of the “1984” instruction manual, isn’t it?


8 posted on 10/01/2020 2:15:39 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom ("And oft conducted by historic truth, We tread the long extent of backward timef)
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To: karpov

Joseph Goebbels once said he learned everything he did from reading American Politics.


9 posted on 10/01/2020 2:16:49 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: karpov

“expanding the definition of “protest” to include violent demonstrations. “

I think they meant to say...

“expanding the definition of “peaceful protest” to include violent demonstrations.”


10 posted on 10/01/2020 2:17:20 PM PDT by aquila48 (Do not let them make you care! Guilting you is how they control you.)
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To: karpov

“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.” — George Orwell

For now, at least, it gives AP a way of lying about what is going on. I think “riot” is a fine word, and “protest” does not include violence, because then it would be a riot.


11 posted on 10/01/2020 2:19:05 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Oh yes.
And there I was thinking this could never happen in America when I read Orwell as a kid.
Little did I know.


12 posted on 10/01/2020 2:19:44 PM PDT by SmokingJoe (synopsis)
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To: realcleanguy
Joseph Goebbels once said he learned everything he did from reading American Politics.

He learned from the guy whom Woodrow Wilson hired to do the propaganda that got us into WWI.

13 posted on 10/01/2020 2:23:06 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SmokingJoe

Yep, I read “1984” and “Animal Farm” in, I think, 11th grade which was ‘67-’68. We read those books and laughed — “This is preposterous, so stupid. Nothing like that could ever happen in the USA.”

Yes, little did we know.


14 posted on 10/01/2020 2:23:56 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom ("And oft conducted by historic truth, We tread the long extent of backward timef)
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To: karpov

Good. So when I bust their ####ing heads in with a bat if they ever come at me at a “protest”, I’ll be good to go.


15 posted on 10/01/2020 2:25:01 PM PDT by dp0622 (I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE COVID GODFATHER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN!)
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16 posted on 10/01/2020 2:30:59 PM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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What BLM and AntiFa have been doing is RIOTING—not “protesting”!!!!

Their goal is NOT to get fairer treatment for black people, but to OVERTHROW the United States, and to substitute a communist government and society!!!

They use instances of killing of black criminals by police as EXCUSES for their violent riots—arson, looting, harassment, mayhem, and murder!! And those who particulate in these riots include whites—who may in fact be in the majority. But white, black, or brown, they are all communists and their dupes!!!!

Mr. President—OUTLAW both BLM and AntiFa!!!!


17 posted on 10/01/2020 2:32:41 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: karpov; Army Air Corps; Drew68; Levy78

Straight Outta Pravda


18 posted on 10/01/2020 2:37:21 PM PDT by KC_Lion
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To: karpov

And? They’re STILL riots!


19 posted on 10/01/2020 2:39:08 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (“We have this obligation, without delay! ~ Donald J. Trump)
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To: karpov

And FYI, this “stylebook” is also the source of referring to black people as “Black” and white people as “white”.


20 posted on 10/01/2020 2:41:33 PM PDT by libertylover (Election 2020: Make America Great Again or Burn it to the Ground. Choose one.)
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