Friday, March 26, 2010

NPR Spinning Pro-Life vs Pro Abortion Again

From NPR Website......
"NPR News is revising the terms we use to describe people and groups involved in the abortion debate. This updated policy is aimed at ensuring the words we speak and write are as clear, consistent and neutral as possible. This is important given that written text is such an integral part of our work. On the air, we should use "abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)" and "abortion rights opponent(s)" or derivations thereof (for example: "advocates of abortion rights"). It is acceptable to use the phrase "anti-abortion", but do not use the term "pro-abortion rights".(HMMM DOUBLE STANDARD?Can they use the term Supporter of intact dilatation and extraction of a prenatal infant? )

Digital News will continue to use the AP style book for online content, which mirrors the revised NPR policy. Do not use "pro-life" and "pro-choice" in copy except when used in the name of a group. Of course, when the terms are used in an actuality they should remain." [An actuality is a clip of tape of someone talking. So if a source uses those terms, NPR will not edit them out.] Thanks David David Sweeney Managing Editor

NPR's Problem might be that they listen to guys like this.......
Medically accurate, dispassionate terminology is especially important when emotions run high, as is customary with abortion. Words should precisely convey meaning and, simultaneously, preclude possible misinterpretation. Physicians and other health care providers should take the lead in using and promoting proper medical terms. Better terminology for abortion can help the ongoing debate remain both civil and informative.’

Augusta Water Cooler has a different viewPro Choice View Spun Again!