PARS­ING ‘ALT-RIGHT’

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The As­so­ci­ated Press has is­sued for­mal guide­lines for the proper use of the term “alt-right” by jour­nal­ists.

“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. In the past we have called such be­liefs racist, neo-Nazi or white su­prem­a­cist,” says John Daniszewski, vice pres­i­dent for stan­dards at the news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“When­ever “alt-right” is used in a story, be sure to in­clude a def­i­ni­tion: ‘an off­shoot of con­ser­vatism mix­ing racism, white na­tion­al­ism and pop­ulism,’ or, more sim­ply, ‘a white na­tion­al­ist move­ment,’” said Mr. Daniszewski, adding, “We should not limit our­selves to let­ting such groups de­fine them­selves, and in­stead should re­port their ac­tions, as­so­ci­a­tions, his­tory and po­si­tions to re­veal their ac­tual be­liefs and phi­los­o­phy, as well as how oth­ers see them.”

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