November 22, 2012

AP Picks a Side, Sticks with It

On the issue of abortion, the bias shown by the liberal Associated Press is well known. Here, for example, is the entry for "abortion" in the AP Stylebook: "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice. Avoid abortionist, which connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions."

And if that's not enough to get the reporter where he wants to go, he can always rely on what can only be called the AP Stylebook, Contortionist's Edition. Enjoy, for example, this lede: "The House voted Tuesday to define a fetus that is fully outside a woman's body as having been born alive, which would give the fetus legal protection."

I know, I know. You thought a fetus that is "fully outside a woman's body" was called -- oh, what's the word? -- a "baby."

In any case, earlier this week the AP's Tim Talley did his part for the cause. As an Oklahoman, I haven't seen misdirection like that since, well, since I had to endure this.

I can scarcely wait to read the AP's continuing coverage of the Planned Parenthood lawsuit against Oklahoma. A hearing is set for next month, five days before we commemorate the birth of an unwed teenager's unplanned fetus.


  • "Newspapers until the 1960s referred to creatures in women's wombs as 'babies' or 'unborn children,' Marvin Olasky points out. "Then they switched to 'fetus,' technically correct but linguistically distancing—and inconsistent, since they didn't go Latin by calling the mom a 'gravida' or having their crime reporters write about the 'corpus mortuum.'"
  • The AP helpfully reminds readers that "abortions are typically performed in utero. Beyond that, they're not much interested in an abortionist's house of horrors.
  • The AP calls another born-alive baby a "fetus."

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