The Associated Press removed “homophobia” and “ethnic cleansing” from its stylebook, Politico reported.
According to Politico, AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn explained, for example, why “homophobia” won’t be used:
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“Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”
Hat Tip: Jezebel