AP stylebook: Don’t call a riot a “riot”
today at 10:13 am
This takes balls. The Associated Press style that most of the press follows, says that a riot is not a riot.
The AP’s “guidance” says, according to Townhall.com
The AP dictates that “unrest” should be used instead of the word “riot” because it’s less “emotional.” The AP then points out how great the words “protest” and “demonstration” are because both words can technically refer to violent and peaceful gatherings alike and help gloss over the violence.
It’s a twisting of a standard definition in order to color an event that’s being covered in a way that favors the political left. The AP, of course, is making this up; “unrest” is not a good description for people setting fire to building and cars.
Fortunately, the dictionary definition of riot isn’t so easily corrupted:
1a: a violent public disorderspecifically : a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intentb: public violence, tumult, or disorder2: a random or disorderly profusion; the woods were a riot of color3: one that is wildly amusing; the new comedy is a riot