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AP Bans "Illegal" Label From Their Stylebook, But Will Likely Keep Labels Like "Right-Wing" and "Extremist"


RUSH: "The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term 'illegal immigrant.'  The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company's on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels. 'The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term "illegal immigrant" or the use of "illegal" to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that "illegal" should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,' Carroll wrote."

What am I missing?  If that doesn't describe what's happening here, I don't know what does. 

"The company's decision comes after years of controversy over the term. Fusion, the ABC-Univision joint venture, does not use 'illegal immigrant' because we believe it dehumanizes those it describes and we find it to be linguistically inaccurate. ... most of America's top college newspapers and major TV networks, including ABC, NBC and CNN, have vowed to stop using the term."

There's one reason why.  They're losing the issue.  They're losing the notion of amnesty.  These are people, remember, that live and die with labels.  And when they apply the label, everything's fine. Mean-spirited, extremist, right-winger, perfectly fine.  Illegal immigrant?  Why, no, we're only gonna use that to describe actions.  Well, what did they do, get beamed here?  Or did it require action to get here?  Anyway, they're doing this under the guise of not hurting people's feelings and not offending them, but the real reason is that an accurate description is not furthering the cause of amnesty, pure and simple. 

What is the politically correct term?  Unauthorized aliens.  No, no, no.  That's not it.  That's somebody's idea, somebody's suggestion.  There is a term.  Typical journalism, it's at the end of the story.


RUSH: How about "irregular migrant" instead of "illegal immigrant"? Well, that's the thing. The problem with "irregular migrant" is it sounds like a body function disorder, and you wouldn't want to convey that. I think "undocumented Democrat" is better. I think we ought to work hard to have that established, because the reason -- one of the reasons -- it's funny is good comedy, good humor has to be rooted in truth. If there is some undeniable truth in it, it makes it even funnier. In fact, it's what gives it its humor. And, folks, that's all this is about. Undocumented Democrats becoming registered to vote. That's what immigration reform is about. That's why so many of us don't have any idea what the Republican Party is actually thinking of doing here, or why they are so hell-bent on this. Because all this is, is legalizing some undocumented Democrats.

That's all this program has as an objective, and it's no more complicated than that. 



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