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AP: Avoid Using ‘Alt-Right’ Without Context

The Associated Press released new guidelines for using the term “alt-right” on Monday.

The Hill reports:

The new guidelines read:

“‘Alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself. Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.”

The new guidelines come after criticism of media outlets by some observers who view the term has having “normalized” President-elect Donald Trump’s nationalistic rhetoric and that of some Trump supporters. Specifically, many object to the term’s use alongside senior adviser Stephen Bannon, whose hiring was applauded by neo-Nazi and KKK groups.

Bannon has described Breitbart News, his former outlet, as “the platform of the alt-right.”

The new reference went on to say that, “in the past (The AP) have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.”

The AP is a nonprofit news agency and its AP Stylebook standardizes reporting styles such as grammar, punctuation and principles of reporting across the U.S.

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