AP Stylebook: Please Don't Call That Riot a Riot

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Police attempt to push back protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Protesters converged on the county courthouse during a second night of clashes after the police shooting of Jacob Blake a day earlier turned Kenosha into the nation’s latest flashpoint city in a summer of racial unrest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Part of influencing the public is not only control of the media, most of which liberals certainly have, but even the redefining of facts and words.

We’ve seen this in the case of BLM and Antifa, for example. Antifa isn’t real, some in media and Democrats like Joe Biden tell us, even if we see them on video.

If you think you’re seeing riots, you’re wrong because it’s really “mostly peaceful.” And if there’s violence, that’s just because of the police/government/Trump’s response to those “mostly peaceful” riots.

But now the AP is coming for ‘Riot’ too. Check out this liberal admonishment disguised as a stylebook definition clarification.

Sounds like a perfect definition of BLM/Antifa violence. Plus, riot actually has a legal definition, several people engaged in a disturbance of the peace and/or violence are usually parts of it. But that’s bad apparently.


So a riot can no longer have a standard definition, according to the AP, you shouldn’t call it that if somehow you sympathize with the political reason behind the rioting. Wait, what?

So what are you supposed to call it when people are attacking police, setting fires and looting?

Notice something subtle there. They’re trying to redefine violence as a legitimate form of protest. They literally are trying to redefine reality.


They really think that if they can get people to reword it as “unrest” then people might not understand and be disturbed about the riots. They’re actually trying to obscure the facts with more general language.

This isn’t the first time. They also counseled people not to use the “offensive” term looting.


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