AP, Jews to Journalists: Stop Saying the Words “Addict” and “Abuser”
by David Sims
A RECENT article by Jewish writer Zachary Siegel, published in the leftist e-rag Slate, lectures us on the impoliteness of blaming addicts for their addictions, urging us to set the blame for the addiction upon the addiction itself. The most recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook, which effectively controls the language used by most journalists, agrees with Siegel.
The 2017 version of the Associated Press Stylebook, the biblical guide for journalists seeking clear and precise writing, includes one particularly interesting update on how journalists ought to refer to people with addictions. The AP’s new recommendation now instructs its followers to “avoid words like alcoholic, addict, user and abuser unless they are in quotations or names of organizations” — such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse or Alcoholics Anonymous — and to “instead, choose phrasing like he was addicted, people with heroin addiction, or he used drugs.”
This self-referential nonsense follows the same general pattern that was suggested by Abraham Foxman of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL), some years ago, for why we shouldn’t call Jews “Jews,” but instead say “Saul Shlomo Stein, who happens to be Jewish.”
Jewishness is, you see, a condition that happened to Mr. Stein. It isn’t like he did anything bad to deserve it, so we shouldn’t be putting any blame on him by calling him “a Jew.” Meanwhile, it’s perfectly all right to refer to a Christian as a Christian because being a Christian apparently isn’t as disreputable as being a Jew.
Actually, this circumlocution works better as the ADL proposed it be used than it does the way Siegel demands. Blame is a moral judgment, the identification or the imputation of wrong actions or wrong choices. As such, only persons (rational actors) can be the objects of blame. Circumstances cannot be blamed; only those who created those circumstances can be. A disease cannot be blamed, though someone who intentionally or carelessly gave you that disease might be.
Although circumstances or a disease might be identified as the cause of someone’s troubles, we don’t set blame upon such things because they never had the ability to decide what they were going to do. Your poverty might have made you miss your last two meals, but it was the person who made you poor that should be blamed for your discomfort.
An addiction didn’t “decide” to acquire you as its victim. Rather, you did what caused you to acquire it as your condition. You are to blame for being an addict, if indeed you are one — unless you are one of that very small minority of addicts who acquired their addictions by being chased down by drug pushers and forcibly injected with drugs, giving them no choice in the matter. In that case, the pushers are to blame. But, in either case, the addiction itself isn’t the proper object of blame.
The Leftist media, via the authoritative Associated Press, are playing a kind of mind game with their recommended writing style for journalists. It is a small part of a much more comprehensive poison-air corruption of language by the Jews and the political Left. The idea is that the saturation of the mainstream media with this kind of Newspeak “correct talk” will, after a long while, have a significant effect on the thinking of the general public. And it might.
Read Siegel’s words: “While ‘substance abuser’ equates the individual with the problem, ‘person with a substance use disorder’ suggests that it’s the addiction, rather than the person, that should carry the blame.”
If you don’t want to be blamed, then don’t do anything blameworthy. When you decide to smoke some crack, you are giving yourself an addiction to cocaine. The controlled media want to let the person who chose wrong action to escape the blame for choosing wrong action. That is an evil thing for the media to be doing, and they know it.
They’re doing it on purpose, in pursuit of wrecking Western Civilization. The media are run by Jews, and wrecking Western Civilization, so that they can replace the power of the West with Jewish power, is their purpose.
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