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The most recent copy of the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual I own is dated 1998; I scanned the relevant page and highlighted the text in question. I also own a copy from my college days with a 1977 copyright on it. They both have the same guidelines for referring to someone as a “youth:”

youth Applicable to boys and girls from age 13 until 18th birthday. Use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.

“AP violating own style guidelines to refer to Michael Brown as ‘teenager’?”, Allahpundit asks at Hot Air. “Question mark in the headline because the AP Stylebook’s not available online, so I can’t confirm that it’s true. But I’m going to trust Eddie Scarry” of Mediaite:

The Associated Press Stylebook states that in reports referring to a person’s age, the figure for the age number should be used. It also states that reports should “use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.”

Why, then, are AP reports on the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown solely referring to him as a “teen” and “teenager”?

“Don’t know’ if Missouri teen shot with hands up,” reads one AP headline from Monday. “County autopsy: Unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times,” reads another.

And an excerpt from yet another AP story, emphasis added: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew but ordered the National Guard to step in to help restore order. Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on the teenager, Michael Brown.”

Unless the rules have changed at AP after 1998, then yes, they violated their Style Guide. But hey, that narrative doesn’t write itself, you know.

Update: “AP Violated Stylebook at least 11 times with at least 7 reporters,” frequent PJM contributor Tom Blumer writes.

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They had to use "teenager" because if they used "boy" it would be clear they think blacks incapable of taking care of themselves, acting responsibly and in a permanent state of servitude. It really comes down the MSM treating the minority races as requiring special treatment by the laws and law enforcement because they are in a perpetual state of teenagerhood.
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On the other hand I remember a few years ago when a Hamas rocket killed a 14 year old girl in Shderot they refered to her as "A young woman".
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Infantisizing suspect class "victims" is a leftist staple.

There are no journalistic ethics on the left. None.

Why would any other rules matter? They don't.

The Narrative is all that matters. And....trying to get the cop killed by drawing a treasure hunt map to his house.

It's still early in the shill propagandist game...we aren't even at the point where tapes are falsely edited or held hostage.

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In all fairness, he was still a teenager, eighteen.
They should change their rule book, in this culture of extended dependency.
When the three teens were abducted in Israel, they were. referred to as teens in the English Israeli press.,even though one was 18. AP probably referred to them as "settlers,"though. So much for rule books.,as Simple Logic pointed out.
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The author doesn't have a current copy of the style guide? How do you know it hasn't changed? The author may be ranting about nothing, but we'll not know because he didn't bother to check a current source. Sounds like something lieberals would do, using outdated references.
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Thank you Ed for pointing this out.
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I have been listening to the CBC news while vacationing in Canada. Yesterday, they got off the meme that Brown had been shot in the back when they reported the results of the autopsy. They forgot to mention that he had been shot from the front, but rather emphasized that he had been shot twice in the head when "gunned down by police".
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And judging by the shot patterns he clearly did not have his hands raised.
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So where are the photos of the 13-year-old Michael Brown, the precious child so cruelly shot down in cold blood by the racist white police officer? Hasn't anybody found any of these photos to put out yet? All I have seen show a hulking 18-year-old man, 6' 4" and 300-plus pounds. That will never do!
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The people must confront the cabal of the 4th estate.

I am so glad we have the 5th estate.
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EightTEEN.
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But, but, but, what about the 14 year old WOMEN that get abortions? And "reproductive rights" for 16 year old WOMEN". And 17 year old MEN that are raped by skanky azz female teachers? But an 18 year old 6'4", 300 pound, drug using convenience store robber that assaults the clerk is called a "youth", or even called a "child", by the hate filled and riot inciting media and Eric Holder/Lavrenti Beria. Seems like it depends on the PURPOSE of the Leftist/Communist Propaganda, doesn't it!
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Using AP's book and Blacks's Law Dictionary, you're an adult when you turn 18.

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Old enough to vote, old enough to be drafted into the military. Not a minor. An adult.
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Please, don't put words in my mouth. I did not write that someone who is 18 is a minor, nor did I write that that person is not an adult.
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What part of: "They violated THEIR OWN STYLE BOOK" don't you understand?
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I see nothing in the above or in my own copy of the book that says a writer cannot use the word "teen". I interpret it as you don't call an 18-year-old male a "boy" and you don't refer to him as a "youth". The only reference to "teen" or "teenager" addresses punctuation and usage (noun vs. adverb).

By definition, someone who is 18 or 19 is still a teenager.

But, what do I know? I've been out of the racket for about a decade.
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They had to use "teenager" because if they used "boy" it would be clear they think blacks incapable of taking care of themselves, acting responsibly and in a permanent state of servitude. It really comes down the MSM treating the minority races as requiring special treatment by the laws and law enforcement because they are in a perpetual state of teenagerhood.
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No surprise. Remember Trayvon's cute primary school pix, rosy cheeks and all? They never used the gold-grill pix he posted on Face Book, which showed the petty criminal he became by the time he died.
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On the other hand I remember a few years ago when a Hamas rocket killed a 14 year old girl in Shderot they refered to her as "A young woman".
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