REPORT: AP changes headline after outraged liberals complain about description of illegal caravan
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The Associated Press on Sunday changed a headline after a backlash from liberals furious at the AP for describing a caravan of illegal immigrants heading towards the United States as an “army of migrants.”
“A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US,” read the original headline on the AP story. The AP later changed the headline to replace the word “army” with “caravan.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Though the AP has used the word “army” to refer to large groups of people besides migrants — including nurses and political activists — many on the political left criticized the wire service for its original headline.
We’ve removed an @AP tweet from Oct. 21 that said a migrant caravan in Mexico was “like a ragtag army of the poor.” That wording was poorly chosen and has been removed from our coverage of the caravan.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 22, 2018
Words matter. Is it @AP style to call migrants an “army”—above a photo of mothers tending to their infants and toddlers, no less? This is not only incorrect, but it enables a racist narrative sold by this @POTUS and his supporters. Armies invade. These people are running away. pic.twitter.com/p9TBA0y9PG
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 22, 2018
What does the AP Style Guide say about using the word “army” to describe desperate families who lack any guarantee of adequate nourishment as they flee destruction and head on foot across a desert toward a heartless regime that steals children and threatens to deploy a real army?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 21, 2018
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) October 21, 2018
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 22, 2018
NOT AN ARMY These are women and children fleeing drug wars, poverty and famine looking for safety for their children. Journalists and interns who write headlines must choise words wisely. “Army of migrants” is flammable. Change the headline or find a new job. This is cr*p.
— Emma McLaury (@EmmaJaneMcLaury) October 22, 2018
Change this damn headline. I’m an #ArmyVet, and these babies aren’t.
— Debby Williams (@dwilliams1210) October 22, 2018
These are families, and workers, not an “army.” @ap_politics please change the misleading and charged headline! RT @AP_Politics: A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US.
By Mark Stevenson of @AP.https://t.co/Y5YGxYxcb1
— Scott Roberts CAB (@scaattr) October 21, 2018
They’re not an army — change your headline to something less threatening and racist.
— Cleave-em Will-ya-stop-‘em-soon?? ☠️ (@next_imaginaut) October 21, 2018
You need to change the headline, AP. The photo makes it clear that it is the polar opposite of an army; women and babies.
— Tim Smart (@TimSmart3) October 21, 2018
a RaGGeD, GroWiNG ArMy oF MiGraNTs pic.twitter.com/tOxjJpVmOL
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 22, 2018
How in the hell are you characterizing these people as an “army”? Change your headline!
— Vote November 6th! (@IamMamaduke) October 21, 2018
And AP’s headline could have been written by Fox. It needs to change: https://t.co/ghCSX5ogo2
— SpeakOutNow16 (@SpeakOutNow16) October 22, 2018
AP is pathetic.
“A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US,” read the original headline on the AP story. The AP later changed the headline… https://t.co/buiJfJe5LF
— daniel dyk (@bapasphotos) October 22, 2018
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