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Re: the AP guidelines
But they aren't referred to as "anti-life" or "anti" anything are they?
The most direct equivalence would be:
Pro-life, Anti-lifePro-abortion, Anti-abortion.
But I don't think we will be seeing that in the manual anytime soon because it calls attention to the fact that abortion ends a life, and that's too much truth for breakfast reading.
The guidelines have been used to reinforce a stereotype of pro-life people as negative, arbitrarily disruptive individuals. Dawn Eden of NYC was fired (several years ago) from the Post for writing a too-balanced story involving pro-life and pro-abortion advocates. She was fired for being too fair, in other words, and failed to portray them (pro-life advocates) as negatively as her editor required.
Is having a manual a sign reporters aren't really allowed to negotiate controversial matters unchaperoned? Controlling language in this fashion is controlling minds, not to mention careers.
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