“No one is an alien” screeched Ilhan Omar (fake last name) responding to Trump’s call to round up illegal aliens. “I ain’t no UFO” screeched the rag headed siren.
Now the Associated Press has made it official – illegal immigrant and illegal alien cannot be used in news articles.
This is the new official speaking, or “Newspeak” and it is to be used by all news outlets.
This portmanteau combines NEWS and SPEAK. And is now in use on networks such as MSNBC and CNN.
Soon it will become the official language for all of Oceania.
The updated entry is being added immediately to the AP Stylebook Online and Manual de Estilo Online de la AP, the new Spanish-language Stylebook. It also will appear in the new print edition and Stylebook Mobile, coming out later in the spring. It reads as follows:
illegal immigration Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.
Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.
Do not describe people as violating immigration laws without attribution.